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Randolph Magazine Vol. 8 No. 2

29 On the morning of January 21, Sophia Dill ’18 was one of thousands of people waiting to board the Washington, D.C. Metro. While standing in a long line that stretched down the street, Dill chatted with a young girl beside her. Unfazed by the massive crowd and noise level, the 3 year old excitedly chatted about how she was off tojoin the Women’s March on Washington. As she talked, Dill was reminded just who she herself was marching for that day. It was a moment of clarity about the significance of the historic event in which she was about to participate. “To be a part of the Women’s March was momentous,” she said. “Being part of it was something that I really can’t put into words.” She was one of 32 Randolph students, faculty, and staff who Randolph’s Student Government coordinated and paid for a trip for students to the Women’s March on Washington earlier this year. traveled together to participate in the march. The College’s Student Government paid for the bus transportation after receiving numerous inquiries and interest from members of the student body, according to Eva Heitbrink ’17. As Student Government president, Heitbrink was pleased when the administration agreed to the request. “We didn’t want to isolate anyone or take sides, but it was a chance for students to take part in a major event and gave them the opportunity to stand up for their rights in whatever way they wanted to,” Heitbrink said. Sean Alberts ’17 chose to march as a sign of solidarity with his fellow female citizens. In addition to supporting women’s rights, he found that some protesters also took the opportunity to raise awareness for issues like climate change, racial equality, immigration, and LGBTQ rights. Even as a male participant, Alberts felt included and empowered. “I was planning on going whether or not Randolph offered me the ride,” he said. “It’s not something I’m going to forget. Because of the inclusivity, I never felt as if being a male at a women’s march, that I shouldn’t be there. In fact, I almost felt like me being a male almost reinforced why I should be there. Women’s issues can’t be handled only by women; they need men to stand by them as well.” Randolph sociology professor Brad Bullock also attended the march, and, as a social scientist, enjoyed watching history unfold. “In conversations I’ve had with the students who participated, there


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