Kay Shelton of DeKalb was one of 250,000 people taking
part in Saturdays Womens March on Chicago in the
Loop, as well as joining in with 8,000 young protesters the night
She said the loosely organized demonstration had about
60,000 people register online by Thursday, then a quarter of
a million men and women, some with their children along, gathered
in the center of Chicago with the intention of reminding
all the newly elected politicians that the U.S. Constitution
guarantees rights to all the people.
Shelton, who is president of the League of Women Voters
in DeKalb County, is no stranger to political activism and demonstrations,
but said she had never participated in anything on such a scale
The demonstration was held in unison with the Womens
March on Washington, where it was estimated more than 500,000
people gathered to send a message to the new administration.
Shelton said she was impressed by the mix of people, the
various messages on the homemade signs carried by participants
and the broad range of issues that were raised.
She listed some of them: womens rights, including
equal pay for equal work; womens health care funding; education
funding; voters rights, and protection for the children
of undocumented immigrants.
Kay Shelton took this photo during the Womens
March on Chicago, saying this sign summarizes the theme very
well. (Kay Shelton photo) File photo of Kay Shelton