SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Despite strong winds and bitter cold on Sunday afternoon, March 10, a lively group of Girl Scouts and other supporters gathered in front of SOPAC for the SOMA Girls March.
After speeches outside of SOPAC, the group marched with chants of "Girl power!" to a rally on Flood's Hill which organizers described as a chance to "celebrate our communities' girls and women, and loudly demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, kindness, and character."
Natasha Lyons, who attends South Orange Middle School, said that being part of the march was a great experience, explaining that "standing along and listening to many powerful women show how they believe in our rights is amazing."
"The march helped bring together many people of all different backgrounds who all believe in the same thing. No matter who was next to us, we all stood strong together," Lyons added.
In addition to the local Brownie and Girl Scout troops participating, local officials Sheena Collum, South Orange Village President, Deborah Davis Ford, South Orange Village Trustee, and Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca also attended the march.
After the march, Collum shared on her Facebook page, "A great day for our two towns. The momentum continues to grow. Thanks to the organizers, troop leaders, parents and guardians for your support, love and leadership showing every young woman that there are no limits on their potential."