Asmita Savalia

As interviewed by Jay R., March, 12, 2017

Asmita Savalia: In Her Own Words

I'm Jay Rountree and today I'll be interviewing my mom, Asmita Savalia, who participated in many different fights for rights for the LGBT and women's rights community.

My name is Asmita Savalia, I'm from Austin, Texas. I am Indian American, brought up here all my life, and I went to schools all over the US and graduated high school in Texas and ended up going to the University of Austin. I studied electrical engineering and two months ago I participated in the women's march on Austin at the Austin capital.

How did you learn about this march?

Mainly on Facebook but a lot of my friends were going and some of my neighbors in the neighborhood were going.

I think I went for the Trumpís inauguration, but it was very much related to women's rights because of his views against women. And so when we watched the inauguration on January 20th, it was sort of like a really low feeling because we wanted Hillary Clinton to win and we supported her views on women and her views on the equality of women and when Trump wonit was very kind of depressing. And the women's march was the day after so it was very exciting to be a part of something where you were with other like-minded people.

So the memorable moment was when people were chanting because that was really cool. They were just chanting different things for democracy. Well it was also in support of all rights. So what was interesting about the women's march was it wasn't just about females rights. Our view of America is that it's always been a country for all people.

So that was last month and that one had quite a lot of speeches, including the speech by a refugee -- it was young girl and her father. Basically the gist was that we don't want a wall and we don't want a Muslim ban or a ban on refugees. It was amazing that she was so young and so happy to be here. Like it was just a young girl, and she was saying that her friends were sleeping outside in the cold -- and, you know, it's just very sad actually because, happy for her, she could come here but, you know, everyone she knew was still in the Middle East.