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Tucson woman going to Women's March on Washington

Posted at 10:12 PM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 00:29:37-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- As final preparations are underway for Inauguration Day, a Tucson mom is doing some prepping of her own.

Each stitch in Amanda Tronsdal's pink caps are knit with love. Tronsdal made them in preparation for the Women's March on Washington.

"I don't feel like it's an anti-Trump rally for me," Tronsdal said. "It's a let's get together, and get our voices heard, rally behind people with like ideas and do something different."

Tronsdal knit seven hats, inspired by the Pussyhat Project which went viral across the country. The goal is to make a visual statement while marching and representing women's rights. The name is also a play on words referencing the now infamous comments President-elect Donald Trump made in a leaked recording from 2005.

"It's a way to unify everybody. One it had the potential to be cold and knitting for me, each stitch I surround with compassion for love for whomever I'm knitting for," Tronsdal said. 

On each hat, participants also list their reasons for marching. For Tronsdal that list includes immigration rights, health care and LBGT rights. 
 
"The biggest issue for me is disability rights," Tronsdal said. "My son has autism so that is important to me, equality for everybody."
 
No matter who is in the White House, Tronsdal and her family focus on the positives. Her husband is running for Tucson City Council, and they plan on staying involved in the community.
     
When asked if she was optimistic about the future, Tronsdal said "definitely." 
 
"I think that you create your own reality and you know I've had presidents in the past that I don't agree what they've done, but you make the best of your life and your situation," Tronsdal said. 
 
Tronsdal decided to go to the rally when she found out about it days after the election. She will be traveling with her sister to Baltimore, then taking the train to the nation's captial. 
 
The march in D.C. sparked a movement across the world, organizers said. There will be a similar march in Tucson at 10 a.m. starting in Armory Park. Women, men and people of all ages are welcome.