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Two Florida Gulf Coast University Students Join Marchers in D.C.

Rachel Iacovone
The Women's March on Washington

An estimated 500,000 people gathered at the National Mall for the Women’s March on WashingtonSaturday following President Donald Trump’s inauguration the day before. That crowd included two Florida Gulf Coast University students who traveled up for the march with money they raised through a crowd-funding site.

“We fundraised with GoFundMe, and we got a lot of really, like, generous donations that allowed us to be here and, like, have our voices heard,” said Brittany Rincon.

Rincon’s friend Jacqueline Burgos first planned on attending and asked her to join.

“I heard about it through Dr. Anne Hartley from FGCU,” said Burgos. “She posted it in the FGCU Enlighten Us page, and I was like, ‘Oh, this sounds interesting.’ And, I started doing more research. I private messaged her, and that was it.”

Burgos and Rincon met Hartley for the first time in person at the airport the day before the march.

“The plane that we took here, like, more than half the plane were protestors,” said Burgos.

Burgos said the small crowd of fellow marchers on her flight did not prepare her for the feeling of being in the large crowd on Saturday.

“I have an overwhelming sense of emotion,” said Burgos. “I’m feeling everything at once. I’m going to look back at this in 10, 15, 20 years and be like, ‘I was a part of this. This is a movement.’ this. This is welcoming. This is a true definition of intersectionality.”

There has been speculation that the march was in large part due to the 2016 presidential race. Burgos said, for her, it very much was. It was Hillary Clinton’s concession speech that drove her to rally.

“A piece of me died with her that day, and if anything, I think that mobilized me and other students to want to actually do something because they realize now it’s a problem,” said Burgos. “You know, we keep hearing, like, ‘the silent majority, the silent majority.’ The majority is here right now.”

Credit Rachel Iacovone
FGCU student Brittany Rincon attends the Women's March on Washington.

Rincon, whose bright purple colored tips of hair matched the vibrant feminine colors in the crowd around her, jumped in to add how surprised she was by how loving the crowd was despite its size.

“It really is unifying,” said Rincon. “That’s what it’s doing. It’s bringing people together. Like, the election definitely separated a lot of us, and this is trying to bring the people back together behind a common cause.”

That cause brought together an estimated 2.9 million people in women’s marches across the nation Saturday as well as an uncalculated amount in the 168 other countries that held marches of their own.


Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.