Washington, DC is a great city to grow up in, especially as a feminist. Being so close to the federal government, the feminists with a voice can have it heard. From rallies to parades, DC has made the feminist movement available to all, and has made it such a big part of life here. Because of all the serious government organizations located here, many people flock here to protest or lobby one thing or another.
Although it is a great city for all of these things, this city in turn gets a lot of people counter-protesting, which can sometimes put a negative view into visitors to my city. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here, but sometimes it becomes so "lobby-ey" that people (me and others) can get sick of it. As someone growing up in a city known for it's social and political stature, it's weird to think that some people don’t realize that people live here.
One thing- to those of you who come to my beautiful city to protest towards great work, thank you. There are some things, however, that I want you to be aware of. For one, PEOPLE LIVE HERE. This city is so much more than the Nation's Capital. It is home to over 650,000 people. And because of that, is an amazing, culturally rich (in some parts) city. So when you come to visit, or protest, or parade, come and stay for a while. Think about what's around you.