Teresa Shook’s Facebook post has come to life.
It was nearly 1:30 p.m. and people couldn’t stop giving her hugs. “This is the woman who came up with the idea for today’s march,” one woman said. “Thank you!” shouted another.
“I’m so blown away,” said Shook of Hawaii, a grandmother of four girls.
“These people are thanking me, but I’m thanking them — I’m so honored,” she said. “I’m so humbled, I’m grateful.”
“I wanted there to be a million people, and I heard that maybe there is a million people,” said Shook as she peeked around the stage as if in disbelief.
Shook said she wants people to know that one person can make a difference but “we all have to work together.”
“I couldn’t do it — it was all of them coming in and making it happen,” she said. “So if we all put our energy together we can make anything happen.”
After the election, Shook said she was on Facebook and just wanted to talk to someone about what happened.
“I wasn’t so happy, and got on there and said ‘Let’s march on D.C.,’ and a woman named Jamie said, ‘I’m in,’ and I went and created the event and then it went viral.”
She wants people to stay vigilant after the march.
“If they see something in their community going on that they don’t like, they should call their representative, do marches where they live, call attention to whatever it is they don’t like stand up for it,” she said.
She plans on doing the same.
Shook is already connecting with other women in Hawaii and she said after the march they plan on starting something.
“We don’t know what yet we’re going to,” she said adding that their main goals will be standing up for women and those who are underserved. “I’m just, I’m ready.”