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But How Are Things Going In Antarctica?

Photo via Linda Zunas’ Twitter
Photo via Linda Zunas’ Twitter

As the action wound down above the Equator, the worldwide Women’s Marchers count hit approximately 2.5 million, a figure that, presumably, includes the 30 or so human marchers—and untold penguin marchers—who exercised their rights to free speech and assembly from Antarctica. Look at ‘em. It’s great.

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The march appears to have been headed by a woman named Linda Zunas, but it’s hard to know exactly what their organizational structure is, because when I wrote to her hoping to get her take on the events, and maybe a few sweeping panoramas of the majestic beauty of the Antarctic landscape, I received only an autoreply:

Sadly we are limited to satellite phone and slow internet

I have posted a photo on my twitter of our pre-march gathering @lindazunas

We are from more than 6 countries, ages from 24-87, men and women. Our primary mission/message is to save the planet, Antarctica, penguins, etc.

we are environmentally minded tourists who wanted to march and be part of the global movement.

We will march on the actual continent this morning.

Listen, girl, I get it. The whole thing was not the FaceTime from atop a glacier with a penguin in her lap that I was hoping for, but I’m sure it’s deeply hard to give a statement to the press from a satellite phone with slow internet. (I practically threw up when I couldn’t send a text to my coworker from the National Mall earlier today.) So we’ll have to just take her tweets at their word that things are going very well in Antarctica.

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Kelly Stout is Jezebel's features editor.

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I just want to say how proud I am of everyone who went to the March. I went to the one in Topeka, Kansas, which was pretty small compared to some of the ones around the country (around 3,000 people), but that was so much more than I would have thought for such a die-hard republican state.

And they really did make an awesome effort to ensure that the line-up of speakers was diverse. There were black women and white women and Indigenous women and Latinas. There were trans women and women with disabilities. There were queer women and Muslim and Jewish and Christian women. There were teachers and lawyers and poets and Union (Construction!) leaders. And even though everyone talked about different topics, the message was clear: We are in this together, and we will either fail or succeed together.

The crowd was all very up-beat and happy; tons of signs and flags. Plenty of people brought there kids. I didn’t see/ hear a single counter-protester and police presence was light and unassuming. The closest to tragedy things got was when a squirrel tried to jump from one tree to another and missed, plummeting into the crowd. But it seemed fine (it ran off) and to my knowledge no one at this event got rabies.

It was a great day to be an American.