On Saturday 21 January, millions of women all around the world rose up together to defend women’s rights and the sisterhood.
Armed with signs protesting President Trump, mocking both Trump’s past treatment of women and controversial statements he made on the campaign trail, it was a spectacular show of force on the first full day of his presidency.
The Washington rally alone attracted over 500,000 people according to city officials, making it easily one of the biggest demonstrations in the city's history. In fact, photos from the EarthCam feed of the National Mall has suggested that far more people turned out for the protest than Trump’s inauguration the previous day – a fact which Trump has since disputed.
“We had a massive field of people,” said Trump. “You saw that. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I'm like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, Donald Trump did not draw well.
"It looked honestly like a million and a half people, whatever it was, it was, but it went all the way back to the Washington Monument and I turn on, by mistake, I get this network, and it showed an empty field. Said we drew 250,000 people. Now, that's not bad. But it's a lie. We had 250,000 people.”
Here in London, close to 100,000 protesters marched from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, past the US embassy and onto Trafalgar Square. And, in more than 60 countries around the world – including Antarctica’s remote Paradise Bay – hundreds of thousands marched to “stand up for human rights, women’s rights, and against hate”.
The marches welcomed protesters of all genders and ages as they took a stand against growing right-wing political sentiment in all its forms, including homophobia, transphobia, anti-Muslim bigotry, misogyny, class prejudice and racism.
Below are just some of the most clever and colourful signs spotted during Saturday’s historic marches in London, Washington DC, New York, Paris, and across the globe.
Women’s March 2017: Inspiring, ferocious and badass signs, banners, and placards
One woman’s inspiring words advice for Donald Trump:
A little something from the Stylist team:
“All the sleeping women are now awake and moving”
The girl-band reunion we’ve all been waiting for:
The perfect response to those who dismiss protestors as ‘snowflakes’:
Telling it like it is:
Using words Trump will understand:
The most British placard of them all:
A tribute to Carrie Fisher:
An excellent Jurassic Park reference:
“No human is illegal”
Echoing Michelle Obama:
“I’ve seen sturdier cabinets at Ikea…”
Is it so much to ask?
There’s nothing quite like a well-timed pun:
It’s an easy target, but…
Hats off to Hermione Granger:
And once again…
When there are no words:
It’s time to make our opinions heard:
Once more, with feeling:
This guy gets it:
Everyone’s an Eleven now:
“Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious…”
And let’s not forget all the famous faces who joined the crowds marching for women’s rights, including Miley Cyrus:
A photo posted by America Ferrera (@americaferrera) on
I marched for my daughters, for my friends, for strangers, for myself, for Phoebe here in this picture who I met as she motivated everyone she came across. My march wasn't driven by hate. It was rooted in a very simple fact-- we are all equal. I believe everyone can agree on that. Thank you to everyone who marched all over the world. I felt so hopeful and deeply grateful. #whyimarch
A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on
And Emma Watson:
The Washington DC rally attracted speeches from women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson and director Michael Moore among others.
Steinem thanked the crowd for showing up, declaring: “We have people power and we will use it.
“Thank you for understanding that sometimes we have to put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough… [but] 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.”
Steinem went on to praise “our great leaders” Barack and Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders. She also thanked Hillary Clinton for telling “the whole world that women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights,” referencing the politician’s speech at a United Nations conference in 1995.
Steinem then turned her focus to President Trump.
Warning that the new president's “Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger,” she said: “Marchers, make no mistake. We are - every single one of us - under attack.
“Our safety and freedoms are on the chopping block.”