Hundreds of thousands of women marked the one year anniversary of the 45th president’s inauguration by taking to the nation’s streets as part of the 2018 Women’s March to bring attention to political, social and personal issues that have risen controversially to the forefront over the past 365 days.
As usual, Black women were out in force on the front lines, making their voices heard. Take a look at this selection of photos that captured the emotion associated with the marches that took place in cities all across the country.
1. Viola Davis inspires!
In Lois Angeles, the actress implored women to sacrifice in order to continue to make progress: “I’m here today saying that no one and nothing can be great unless it costs you something.”
2. Just say no!
There was an overwhelming sense of defiance from many of the marchers, including this one in Chicago.
3. Say it loud!
Many of the marchers used the occasion to sound off against the social policies of President Donald Trump, including this woman in New York City.
4. Migrant lives matter!
The topic of immigration was omnipresent during the marches, mostly because of the president’s comments calling Haiti and nations in Africa “shithole countries.”
5. Black and proud!
Black women in particular used the marches as a chance to further have their voices heard.
6. ‘Together We Rise’
While many Black women refused to attend this year’s marches, citing past lack of inclusiveness, thousands still participated over the weekend.
A demonstrator held up a poster featuring a Black girl and saying ‘Women Are Perfect” in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City.
The marches were also used to bing attention to the growing #MeToo movement associated with bringing attention to and ending sexual assault, harassment and overall misconduct.
9. Power to the polls
Encouraging more women to vote was also a central theme.
March organizers said the event’s “goal is to provide young people with the tools needed to create high school and college chapters that guide students in making a positive impact in their communities.”
11. Mission accomplished?
Its unclear what change the marches will bring, but if there’s one takeaway from this weekend, its that women have put the world on notice that they will have their voices heard no matter what.