This Toddler’s Scribbles Was the Best Sign at the Women’s March
At the nationwide Women’s March on Saturday, there was an 87-year-old hospice patient over in Olympia, Washington fulfilling her goal.
Then, across the country in Charlotte, North Carolina, there was was Jenny Sowry’s 22-month-old daughter who held up a sign that had scribbling all over it and yet it still trumped all other signs.
And the little girl, now known as “Woke Baby,” and her sign, along with a potentially empowering message, went totally viral.
Sowry and her husband took their toddler along with their 9-year-old son to the protest to demonstrate to their children that they can stand for their beliefs in a peaceful manner.
“I felt like I needed to physically do something so I could come to terms emotionally with what is happening,” Sowry told BuzzFeed News, reflecting on her choice to join in, as well as bringing her family along.
Before the march, the Sowrys made signs to bring. Before they could come up with an idea for the toddler’s sign, she was already scribbling over a piece of cardboard with markers.
“We decided that she clearly had something to share and that whatever it was, it meant more to her than anything we might choose on her behalf,” Sowry told the Huffington Post.
This message was held high by the little girl atop her dad’s shoulders at the event. A photo taken by Sowry was shared by colleague Shawn Lent on Facebook and it went viral with over 20,000 shares.
“[The] responses have been beyond language,” Lent told Your Daily Dish. “That’s the best part of it.”
Although some of the feedback has been offensive and politically divisive statements are getting thrown around, it has mostly been positive and international, which she feels is a means to “bridge a tense world.”
And Sowry’s daughter is even trending on Twitter under the hashtag #WokeBaby.
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What do you think Woke Baby is trying to tell us?