This Little Girl and Her Family Held Their Own Inspirational Women’s March in Their Backyard
Meet Rose Redfern, an awesome 4-year-old girl who held her own Women’s March in her backyard.
Redfern’s parents, Mark and Wendy, wanted to bring their daughter to the the Women’s March in Washington D.C., but were concerned about the safety and distance for their daughter. However, those concerns didn’t stop Redfern and her family from participating.
“We thought about going to the Women’s March, but felt that it might be too much to take a 4-year-old to it. Washington D.C. is a three hour drive from our house and it would have been a very long day,” Mark Redfern told Your Daily Dish. “We still wanted to take part, especially after watching all the TV reports of the Women’s Marches around the world.”
Together with her dolls and the help of her parents, Rose Redfern held her very own march in her backyard.
“I came up with the idea and Wendy and I made up the slogans and then Rose helped tape the signs and made two of her own,” Mark Redfern told BuzzFeed. “As she made the first one, she scribbled lines and talked as she did about loving people.”
The Redfern family even took their creativity to the next level when deciding what dolls would participate.
“We decided they should all be female dolls of around the same size, to all match, and my wife Wendy and I came up with slogans that would fit each doll. We wanted to make a statement, but also wanted it to be funny,” Mark Redfern told Your Daily Dish.
They choose Cinderella because she “seemed like a good one to reference the glass ceiling.”
“We picked Supergirl because technically she’s an illegal alien, from the planet Krypton, so we could comment on immigration,” Mark Redfern told BuzzFeed.
Other dolls included in the march were Tiana and Poison Ivy.
In order to teach and prepare Rose Redfern for her own march, the Redfern family watched some news coverage of the other marches going on around the country.
“We all watched some of the news coverage and we told her the basic idea that women were marching around the world for peace and women’s rights,” Mark Redfern told BuzzFeed. “The weekend before we all marched in our local town of Lexington as part of an anti-racism march tied to Martin Luther King Day, so she had already had the experience of marching.”
Mark Redfern didn’t intend for the world to see his homemade march and just wanted to show friends and family their involvement.
“We certainly didn’t intend for our photos to go viral. They were meant to be seen by our friends and families on Facebook,” Mark Redfern told Your Daily Dish. “Our intention was to show our solidarity with those marching and to feel like we were taking part in even some small way. As it turns out, we’ve likely made a bigger impact doing our backyard doll march than we would’ve if we’d gone to Washington.”
As a parent, Mark Redfern believes it is his responsibility to help shape the future.
“It’s our duty as parents to help ensure that the future is in good hands and that the world is safe for our daughter,” Mark Redfern told Your Daily Dish. “That means not just national security issues, which are important too, but also protecting our environment, making sure public schools are well funded and well managed, making sure we all have affordable healthcare, and making sure the economy is healthy.”
He continued, “These are issues we feel we need to stand up for, especially as we feel that they are being threatened right now. We feel like we wouldn’t be good parents if we didn’t take a stand and fight for these things. If other parents have opposite political views then that’s definitely their right in this democracy, where we have freedom of speech and freedom of the press to express our opinions, and they can impart their own views to their kids (as I’m sure they do).”
Standing up for democracy seems to run in Rose Redfern’s blood. Her parents run an indie music magazine called, Under the Radar. During each election cycle, they publish an issue “examining the intersection of music and politics.”
Hopefully, the Redfern’s personal Women’s March will inspire and encourage others all around the world.
“At the end of the day, we just wanted to do something creative and fun and wanted to feel like we were involved in the Women’s Marches,” Mark Redfern told Your Daily Dish. “We thought it could be a good lesson for Rose on freedom of speech and a project she can look back on when she’s older and think that it was cool that she took part in it.”