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20 Signs of the Times: The Women’s March

From Washington, DC to Birmingham, Alabama and Mali, Africa to Antarctica, millions of women and men filled the streets on January 21 to send a variety of messages to the new President. In Washington, the crowd — more than 500,000 strong (organizers say 1 million)  —  was a more multigenerational one than you’re likely to see at your local Walmart, and photographic evidence on social media from marches across the country suggests that this held true in every city. From infants to women in their 80s and 90s, many wearing pink knitted “pussy” hats and some in wheelchairs, there was, at least, diversity in age. It gave a new meaning to the phrase “Stronger Together” — a popular sign at the marches.

Here are a few other signs that caught our attention — some inspiring, some thought-provoking, many of them funny and a few of the most resonant created by seniors — along with images from social media across the country.

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“We the resilient have been here before.”

Ninety, nasty, and not giving up. From today’s march in Cincinnati Ohio. from pics

The vast majority of older people who marched on Washington were there for future generations — the environment, reproductive rights, peace…

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Very few marched for “senior issues” but we did see this sign: womens-march-signs-socialsecurity.sp

A common thread was the election process itself.

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And this sentiment popped up all over the place — including Washington:

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Los Angeles:

And San Antonio, Texas:

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Photo: Tom Reel/San Antonio Express

Near the Mall in Washington, this woman quietly quoted Maya Angelou:

“You may write me down in history / With your bitter, twisted lies / You may trod me in the very dirt / But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

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Another version:

A few older marchers held this sign:

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Photo: Edward B. Colby

And hundreds of thousands of people of all ages came up with other creative ways to get their points across:

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Photo: Morgan Evans

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Photo: Sophia C Salia, Twitter

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6 comments
  • Debbie Fabian
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    The Marches were great but should be just the beginning! We must keep it going. In the sixties we marched we screamed we stood united and we ended a war brought about more rights for women and minority’s and changed the consciousness of the world. Now we must rise again and encourage new young intelligent talented compassionate people to run for office. We must reflect on what went wrong and learn and be clear about what we need to change the people own this country not the politicians therefore we must get rid of those who don’t represent us there are many who fought before us so that change could happen now we must do the same in whatever way we can we must rise!!!! Change will only happen if we stand united for what’s right for all people Obama said “Yes we can” and I say “We must for the future of our country and our planet” KEEP IT GOING”

  • Candis Sunderland
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    The women’s march in Washington DC was the best experience of my life. After the despair of the election results to be surrounded by thousands of women and men who stand together for human rights and against a rolling back of those rights was powerful and moving. The crowd was peaceful, hopeful, caring and generous and the movement will grow because it’s the only rational choice we have.

  • Sylvia
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    We must continue to raise our voices in opposition to scapegoating immigrant and refugee groups, opposition to diluting rights to healthcare for Women in this country and abroad, and oppose changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act that would deprive millions of healthcare, and this is Just the beginning!

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