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March Ahead—My March for Women’s Rights

By Fredrica Syren:

Last Saturday I joined 40,000 people in the Women’s March, San Diego, in what was almost counter to President Trump’s inauguration on Friday. We did not march alone: marches took place at the same time throughout the U.S. and all over the world. It began as a Facebook post right after the election with the hope of a big event to speak up for women’s rights, gay rights, reproductive rights, civil rights, protection of the environment and immigration. This peaceful demonstration was a way for us to raise our voices. 

Before we started marching, we all got to listen to some very inspiring speakers like state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, while we all stood united with men, women and children of all ethnicities, colors and ages, holding signs saying “Climate Change is Real”; “My Body, My Right”; “Love Trumps Hate”; and Men of Quality Fear no Equality.

It was a cheerful demonstration walking through downtown San Diego, chanting, “My body, my rights, this is what democracy looks like. Newly elected California Senator Toni Atkins and Assemblyman Todd Gloria joined the march.

I felt very energized from being part of something so big and fun at the same time. I marched for all my sisters —Muslim, Latino, African-American, Native American, gay and Asian — but mostly, I marched for my children Noah, Liam and Bella. As I marched for all people’s equality, I vowed to myself that I would keep fighting, today, tomorrow and always.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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