Medford Lakes mother and daughter take on D.C. and women’s rights


Shawnee student Veronica Robertson, of Medford Lakes, wears a pink hat to show her solidarity with the marchers in Washington, as well as decorative pins that feature “superwoman” and one that reads, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Veronica Robertson was looking for a way to get more involved in politics and her community in early November.
“When I saw the results of the election, I started looking for women’s groups that I could get involved with,” said the senior at Shawnee High School in Medford.  As she searched for local women’s organizations, all of them kept advertising one event: the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. “Everything this march stands for I believe in and want to be a part of,” Robertson said.

She spent the last few weeks as an outreach coordinator for the New Jersey groups that were heading to D.C. to let people know why they were going and what they wanted to accomplish.  Her mother, Lisa, was by her side.  The Medford Lakes family has been very interested in politics. Robertson plans to study the subject in college, and her parents have always discussed
current events with her and her brother.
Robertson said she’s particularly interested in women’s health and reproductive rights, and wants to intern at Planned Parenthood, something that might not be possible in a few years, she said.  “I decided to come to the Women’s March on Washington because I’m a little worried for the future of women’s rights,” she said.  For her mother, she hopes the march and other events like it will keep the door open for opportunities for her daughter.  “I’m fighting against any restrictions that might keep her from being everything that she wants to be,” Robertson said.  To do that, the two got up early on Saturday and traveled about a half-hour into the city to get on a bus. The plan was to meet up with other marchers from New Jersey at the New Jersey Avenue entrance of the Spirit of Justice Park, a few blocks south of the beginning of the march.  But traffic on the trip down stalled many of the buses, leaving Veronica and her mom on their own to start the march together.  Still, they were just happy to be a part of the massive crowd that had gathered.
“I’m glad to see that women and men are out in numbers,” Robertson said.  Robertson said the marchers won’t be going away or giving up anytime soon.  “I hope today’s march accomplishes the knowledge that we’re here in numbers,” she said. “We’re all still here, and we’re all still fighting.”

By Kelly Kultys, staff writer Jan 21, 2017 used by permission from the Burlington County Times