photograph by: Jinny Lee
On January 21st, millions came together in some of the world’s largest, and some of the world’s smallest cities, to protest the harsh, destructive rhetoric of alt-right political figures and agenda goal of the government have spread throughout the national U.S. governing structure, and in countries throughout the world such as France and Russia.
The American Prospect reports that the Women’s March was organized and prepared by women of color, despite white women taking part in the march’s preliminary initiation. In the American capitol of Washington DC, the largest march of the world’s assemblies was held, bringing together more than 500,000 people from around the world united in the fight against bigotry, discrimination, and violence that so many marginalized groups face today.
The photos below capture just a sliver of the powerful, unprecedented energy and support marchers and the groups they represented found at marches from Los Angeles and New York City, to London and Berlin. As the march itself has drawn to a close, it now becomes ever more important to take advantage of the door that’s been opened, and transform politics and legislation around the world for the better. Never forget, when we mobilize, we transform the world.
Women’s March, 2017 (New York, New York)
I went to the Women’s March in New York City, and despite the lack of physical movement, I felt an indescribable that can only be associated to being part of a movement. I believe New York was one of the most peaceful, civil turnouts. With nearly half a million people in attendance, I expected more riot and chaos, but the turnout was almost serenic. I’d like to point out that this is also because the majority of marchers were white women accompanied by white husbands. Even at the pre-march speech, many of the women speaking came from a white, cisgendered, heterosexual background (but we got whoopie and yoko ono!) I think we still have a long way to go. While the march was predominantly washed out with white feminism and cis-centered environment, it felt like the masses of people were seemingly there for me and reassured to me that there are allies and there is hope.
Women's March, 2017 (Washington D.C)
Women’s March, 2017 (San Diego, California)
Women’s March, 2017 (Chicago, Illinois)
Women’s March, 2017 (Houston, Texas)
Stay tuned for ways to follow and continue the movement with an original guide created by Risen members, coming soon.