“Can we do ‘my body my choice?’” A teenage girl in a yellow sweater asked Emma Wilson, a 23-year-old Cincinnati native and member of the Cincinnati chapter of Socialist Alternative, an international activist group. Wilson smiled and nodded as the girl ran back to her group of friends in the crowd, all holding handmade signs.
It was Jan. 20, a sunny Saturday morning and the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The federal government was in the midst of a shutdown, and snow was melting under the feet of hundreds of protesters as they marched past the corner of Walnut Street and Freedom Way on the Cincinnati riverbank. The second annual Women’s March was underway.