On January 21, 2017, just a day after Donald Trump became the 45th President, crowds of people gathered to participate in the Women’s March. What was meant to be a march on Washington quickly grew into a worldwide movement, with marches taking place in over 600 cities worldwide and on every continent. While it is still too early for precise numbers, it is estimated that over 3 million people participated. Men, women and children, people of all different races, ethnicities, and religions, people of different sexualities, and people of different political views all banded together to relay a message: We stand together, as one, and love will always trump hate.
Sparked in response to President Trump’s hateful rhetoric during his presidential campaign, including his misogynistic views and “locker room banter,” racist comments, and the threat his campaign has brought to marginalized communities, the movement sought to show that “defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.” The movement was one to promote not only women’s rights, but also LGBT rights, Planned Parenthood, climate change, education, disabled people, people of color -- all of which have been threatened. Attendees held signs stating “A woman’s place is in the resistance,” “Consent is sexy fucking required,” “Make bigotry disgusting again,” and some signs were copies of Donald Trump’s own tweets.
“This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity," Gloria Steinem, a women’s rights activist, said in a speech prior to the Women's March on Washington. Steinem’s speech was one of many given during the rally, which included other prominent activists as well as politicians and actresses.
In a final sign of solidarity and in a final act to leave a lasting message, marchers built their own wall, only instead of a wall like the one Trump intends to build to further divide people, this was a wall that sent a clear message of unity and equality. Thousands of signs that were carried in the Women's March were left outside of Trump International as a reminder that together, we are stronger.
Check out photos from marches around the world below:[gallery type="slideshow" size="full" ids="153428,153418,153422,153416,153424,153414,153419,153413,153415,153427,153426,153412,153411,153420,153423,153425,153410,153409,153417"]