BY MARGARET DUNN
On Saturday, January 21st, the Women’s March brought together millions of people across the United States and in cities around the world in a non-violent movement to advocate for human rights. Much has been said about the march – of its origin, the massive number of people who attended, its challenges with diversity and inclusivity, the tremendous grass-roots action it has inspired, the passionately-witty homemade signs, and serious questions about how it will translate to long term action on behalf of the millions who attended. Among the crowds, some clad in pink pussy-hats, were several PGDG women – who no doubt will shape the implementation of the Women’s March principles in their communities moving forward.
Sara Pevaroff Schuh, principal of SALT Design, said the experience was “exhilarating.” She marched with her daughter for “equality, for genuine social justice and to defend the rights of those who cannot or are unable to speak up for themselves and their needs. I can't quit my day job,” she said, “but we have to find a way to channel our energy into action.”
PGDG Co-founders Sylvia Palms and Danielle DiLeo Kim marched in DC together. "As women business owners we marched for women's equality in the workplace, particularly around equal pay and benefits. As women designers in a still male-dominated field, we marched for equal opportunity and representation on projects. As owners of a firm that designs for vulnerable communities, we marched for those threatened by urban injustices."
In keeping with the many bright pink signs declaring, “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights,” the Women’s March embodied a broad platform of values that moved beyond what many consider to be traditional women’s issues including: Ending Violence, Reproductive Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Worker’s Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Environmental Justice.
It’s a platform that connects deeply to the mission of Philly Girls Do Good – "to do good to all, all the time." The women of PGDG march for human rights every day in their daily professional and personal commitment to improving the public realm, advancing social and environmental justice, and facilitating the success of local communities and businesses.
And while people across Philadelphia stand together to create a more just and equitable world, the PGDG folks have formed a sisterhood to support each other’s actions. As another popular sign from the march says, “I’m with her, and her and her and her.”