Photo Essay: 10 Powerful Images Of Protest From Women’s March 2018
With turnout in the hundreds of thousands in several cities across the US, the #WomensMarch2018 message rang out loud and clear: This movement isn't going anywhere any time soon.
The Women's March initiative held their anniversary event in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, around the theme of "Power to the Polls"—seeking to drive voter registration and turnout ahead of the pivotal 2018 mid-term elections.
The first Women's March was one of the largest protest turn-outs in history—an example of reactive, direct action in the face of the (shocking to so many) election results, in which Donald Trump was named president. A self-described sexual harasser who famously, and inexcusably, bragged about grabbing women "by the pussy."
While the shock and condemnation hasn't worn off, policy decisions over the last year have been just as outrageous. Hence, the focus of this year's US-wide marches over the weekend was even more expansive than last year, influenced by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, and the sense of urgency surrounding the impending midterms.
Natalie Portman’s speech in particular resonated with many women online. According to The Telegraph, she told the crowd that her public persona was a largely response to sexist objection: “I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I'm someone worthy of safety and respect," she said. "The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more threatening deliberate statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism."
Girlboss was at the LA march too, taking to the streets to not only show solidarity for the movement (duh), but to document the powerful women, nonbinary people, and their multifaceted allies who showed up to use their voice.
Continued below, see the 10 most powerful portraits we took at #WomensMarch2018. We hope they inspire another year of inclusive activism, action, and voting, in you. And many more years to come. Scroll on!
"Resist." One word, that since the last election, has carried so much weight. And made even more meaningful by the accompanying raised fist—the universal symbol of civil rights and Black Lives Matter, a movement the Women's March is historically indebted to.
A woman and child captured, looking up in the heat of the march.
A profile of a protestor, eager to march as crowds gathered.
The symbolic power of marching can't be underestimated, but even more important is our daily actions. Voting, calling our representatives, amplifying the voices of our fellow women and marginalized people. The Women's March is one day. But we can make a difference everyday.
Words: Deena Drewis/Jerico Mandybur
Photos: Isabella Behravan