On January 21, 2017 women from all over the country, young and old, took to the streets of Washington D.C. to voice their concern for their rights in relation to the new presidency. The march was not limited to Washington and many cities all over the country including New York City, New Orleans and Las Vegas. According to the Women’s March website, Women’s March on Washington, around 670 marches took place across the country and more than 4 million men, women and children marched in solidarity.
A photo by nymag.com shows a group of men and women in Hollywood, California holding signs and marching in protest.
The goal of the peaceful protests was to bring to the forefront in a non-violent or aggressive way, the concerns that some citizens feel after the recent election and inauguration in hopes that their fears will be taken into consideration in the upcoming decision making process.
A slew of celebrities also participated in both the march and the events that took place prior including rallies and concerts. Notable celebrities included Mark Ruffalo, Drew Barrymore, Emma Watson, Cher and Bruce Springsteen.
Social media has been a driving force in promoting and sharing news, photos and opinions regarding the various marches across the country. Between Instagram, Facebook and Twitter many that may not be able to participate or had not wished to participate in the marches have found themselves exposed to the numerous posts surrounding it.
Along with thousands of posts relating to the current march in 2017 many people have been comparing the event to that of the suffragette movements in 1915. On October 23, 1915 the largest protest parade that had ever been held in the city up until that point (1915: Women March for Suffrage in NYC).
Photo courtesy of New York Historical Society
Although both marches may have focused on a different specific topic considering the issues in 1915 were obviously different than in 2017, the spirit that each protestor had in 1915 carries on to the protestors today.
The main avenue for expression during these protests came from the handmade signs that many of the protestors carried. From serious to almost joking statements and from explicit to family friendly, the use of signs was an important part of both the rallies and the protests.
Photo courtesy of Emma Watson on Facebook
Although some may have disagreed with the protests, the intended affect of opening a conversation about the issue that many feel faced with was accomplished.