One of the most impressive events in history took place a few days ago. Obviously, I'm not referring to the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, but the Women's March on Washington on January 21st. Once a Facebook event page conceived by a retired lawyer in Hawai'i, the march grew into a worldwide movement, becoming a demonstration with a broad progressive platform. It was organized by activists and leaders from across the nation, all who are concerned about the future of this country and the livelihoods of many Americans. The Women's March on Washington was based on multiple principles, from gender equality, nonviolence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. The nature of the event was meant to be inclusive and nonpartisan, but because of the march's broadness, many doubted the participation turnout. This was swiftly proven wrong.
Over 500,000 attended the Women's March on Washington in Washington DC, while millions of others from around the world participated in Sister Marches. With "pussyhats" on their heads and homemade protest signs in hand, people of all backgrounds and identities rallied on President Trump's first full day in office, chanting, "Welcome to your first day, we will not go away!" This is perhaps the best iteration of what the march symbolized most, especially as we continue to go forward. The Women's March revealed how people can come together not simply for a cause, but for everything that may be at risk in an uncertain future with a questionable man as the United States president. These are people unified and determined to fight unfair government and organizations and to promote compassion. This march showed how we can galvanize. We will not be silent.
Below are pictures taken during the Women's March in San Francisco.