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Women's March participants find inspiration in American youth



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By Kalhan Rosenblatt

WASHINGTON – Leah Sahni is just shy of 2 years old, but on Saturday participated in her third women's march.

"She used the first in utero," Harleen Sahni, 36, told about her daughter. "Of course, we think it's very important that she has a future that she has equal rights and that we don't have to worry about anything happening to her."

Although planted on her father's hip, Leah grabbed a balloon in the shape of a cartoon child Donald Trump wearing a diaper, as thousands of marchers gathered in Washington's Freedom Plaza.

Harleen Sahni with his wife, Caitlin Hopping and daughter, Leah. Kalhan Rosenblatt / NBC News

Her mother, Caitlin Hopping (33), recalled another march, she participated in – March for our lives organized by the survivors of Parkland's shooting – who gave her hope for not only Leas future, but also for the future of America.

"To see these really young children, who are also beautiful advocates, and give this wonderful message on how children are the future. I am really happy that these have been continuing and I hope we can see more children in front of the marches, too, "she said. [19659015] More than a dozen parents, college students, teens, and children who attended March, speaking to NBC News on Saturday, said they are leading today's youth to retrieve the robes of marches and continue to fight for social justice and change.

Shana Henry, who led her daughters to March from just outside Detroit, Michigan, said she wanted to show her children how many people from all backgrounds are fighting for equality while reminding them that their fight is far from.

"I am a hard egalitarian and I know our systems are not created for equality right now and so I like them to see, we have a long way to go," Henry said.

Jacinta Henry, 14, and her sister Genevieve Henry, 11, living just outside Detroit, Michigan. Hannah Breisinger / for NBC News

Jacinta Henry, 14, and Genevieve Henry, 11, said their biggest priority was marching for LGBTQ problems. Genevieve added that a woman president is also at the top of her list.

"There are many things to do differently," Jacinta said. "But seeing very little people holding their signs is powerful."

Genevieve said protest is a common subject on her middle school, and while she said she still heard her classmates joke about things like sexual identity, she said "there are absolutely people trying to make a change that is ours age. It's important. "" 19659022] "We want to stop the chain of people who are ignorant and do not teach their children. I think we're going to be the one," Jacinta added.

In the road to the Freedom Plaza, Julisa White, 23, and Sierra Stevens, 21, were in the crowd.

White, the student corps president of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, said she didn't feel the older generation necessarily did anything wrong with how previous protests have gone. However, she said that she feels that society is evolving as a whole and that young people are more "accepting of people's individual rights."


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