Some political activism and a generous amount of street theater joined the farmers, artisans and a few thousand folks out for a Saturday stroll at today's Capital City Farmers' Market this afternoon.
Approximately 40 women, a handful of men and a dancing pack of birth control pills—called "Pillamina"—carved out a spot near the fountain of the Grove at high noon to dance, chant and spread the message emblazoned on their pink shirts: women are watching.
"You bet women are watching. And they vote," said Hannha Brass Greer, legislative director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. "We had some supporters approach us and said they wanted to do a flash mob. They were tired of what they see in Idaho and across the nation."
Brass Greer told Citydesk that she spent the better part of the 2012 legislative session at the Idaho Statehouse battling what she called "attacks on reproductive rights."
"We saw a number of memorials passed in both the Idaho House and Senate saying 'please take away access to birth control without copay,'" said Brass Greer. "And luckily we were able to kill House Bill 530, which would have allowed employers to choose whether or not to include birth control in employee insurance plans."
Pillamina, embodied by 22-year-old Emme Kaylor, a Boise State communications major, joined in the flash mob, dancing to a familiar Twisted Sister tune.
Opponents were clearly outnumbered, but an older man passing by (who wouldn't give his name) said, "Oh, they're just a bunch of liberals."