(THE PICKET) – Much like the Women’s March on Washington last weekend, protestors today at the march in Shepherdstown were sporting pink “pussyhats,” and colorful signs. Most said their clothing was symbolic of their beliefs, but also meant to keep them warm on the windy day.
“My grandma’s funeral was yesterday so I came straight from there to here because this is important,” said Kim Krapf, 33, a stay-at-home parent and one of the state coordinators for Women’s March on Washington. “I’m wearing my ‘pussyhat’ of course,” she said. “I made this myself.” She also had several pins on her hat that expressed her pride in West Virginia. “I’m not a native West Virginian, but I love this state, and I love that there are so many like-minded people here. Sometimes you forget that, but this has reminded me.” “I understand that whenever you’re coming to something, sometimes it’s a better impression to come formally,” said Mac Halterman, 22, a junior history major. He also said he wore a silk shirt that he could put over his eyes to block tear gas, but he admitted that he didn’t expect to have to use it today. Nancy Beitz (left) said her outfit was to just meant to keep her warm, but that her most symbolic item was her wheelchair. “That’s symbolic of healthcare,” she said. She said her biggest fear was that “we are at risk of losing our democracy and this becoming an autocratic government.” “I’m wearing my pink hat that my best friend gave me,” said Tracy Cannon, 50 (right). She said she also wore it to the march last weekend. Paige Conrad is a staff writer for The Picket. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org