Written Interview with Mrs. Kaufman

Dublin Core

Title

Written Interview with Mrs. Kaufman

Subject

Women's March

Description

I interviewed Mrs. Kaufman, Illisa's mom, about the womens march and how it felt to go with her daughter

Creator

Zach Cimring

Source

Zach Cimring

Publisher

Allentown PA, Muhlenberg College Trexler Library

Date

November 16

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

I decided to participate in the Women’s March because I had a voice that needed to be heard. I was shocked, angry, and disappointed about the election results. How could someone who abuses his male power be President of the United States? How could someone who insulted and degraded so many minority groups be elected into any office? I remember my daughter contacting me from Muhlenberg throughout election night, as results were coming in, almost begging me to tell her that he wasn’t going to be elected. At first, I told her not to worry, that his inappropriate behavior would not be ignored or rewarded. As the election results continued to come in, I gradually needed to tell her that it was looking more and more like he might be elected. That was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to tell my daughter. I didn’t want her to feel that her vote didn’t count and that she, as a female, didn’t count. I realized that I needed to do something, but I wasn’t sure what that would be. Soon after the electoral vote, I heard that a Women’s March in Washington, D.C. was being organized.
I wasn’t going to let my voice be ignored. For me, for my daughter, for our country. I was so proud, but not surprised, that my daughter wanted to participate in the March with me. She wanted her voice to be heard, too. I felt so strong and empowered at the Woman’s March, standing with like-minded women and men. But most importantly, standing with my daughter, reinforcing to her that her voice is important and must be heard, that she is a worthwhile human being. We shared such a powerful day together.
I felt strongly that by speaking up at the March like we were doing, we could enact change. We could influence Senators and Congressional Representatives to vote in ways that support women and other disadvantaged groups. Since the inauguration, I continue to speak up with regard to political issues. I attend weekly rallies in front of a local Republican Congressman’s office to let him know my political views and to encourage him to vote in ways that would have a positive impact on the majority of people in my state and in our country. I will continue to speak up, no matter who our next President will be, because I continue to feel empowered from the Women’s March. There’s no going back now.
A Helen Reddy song from 1972 begins, “ I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore…” I was only eight years old when that song came out, but still, it affected me at that young age. Years later, the lyrics remain just as powerful. I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR.

Original Format

Word

Citation

Zach Cimring, “Written Interview with Mrs. Kaufman,” Documentary, Archives, & Activism, accessed January 23, 2021, http://protest.archivingephemerality.com/omeka/items/show/162.

Output Formats