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We Believe in the Power of Women
1.21.17 stands as a banner day in the fight for women’s equality. Millions of people have united from coast to coast to raise their voices in support of women.
This was more than a march. This was more than a moment in time. It was the moment being heard became the new norm. From here - women only move forward.
We gathered the stories, voices and photos of 121 amazing people from all walks of life. They spoke about why women’s equality was so important to them. They spoke about why they were marching in the nationwide Women’s March movement. And they spoke about a hopeful future.
Each story was unique in its own right. But together - they show the strength of possibilities for women in the days ahead.
"The march is unifying the people and showing action towards a better humanitarian culture we all deserve.” -Wai-Mon L., England. “The most important thing is standing, shoulder to shoulder to demonstrate our support, our strength and our commitment to care for ALL people.” -Shannon L., IL. “To me, it's important to pass down my mother's activist legacy to my three sons.” -Witney M., CA. “At the march, we'll be finding commonalities and making connections with women from all walks of life.” -Alanna G., IL. “I want young men to see that it's not only "okay" to be a feminist, but that it's the right thing to do. It's what real men do.” -Sean R., OR. “The march is encouraging people of all genders, races, cultures, etc to come together.” -Kelsey M., FL. “Activism is an important part of creating change. Visibility is the first step in having a seat at the table.” -Regina B., IL. “March on, ladies and gents...we got this!!!” - Jen L., CO. “Please take action in any meaningful way that you choose. Every little step counts!” Cali H., OR. “The positive thing about this march is celebrating, as a community, the progress of women's rights throughout the past century.” -Olivia P., CA. “It's important to see women united for a cause.” - Cynthia C., OR. “This is an empowered, vocal generation. And therein lies our power to generate change. We are unified, unafraid, and hungry for change.” -Katie Y., WA. “Stay positive, stay peaceful.” -Cassie B., MN. “The most positive thing is knowing the future for my daughter and other young girls will be brighter than the past.” -Megan C., IL. “We are marching for you, with you and alongside you. You are not forgotten, you are the reason we are here.” -Dani R., OR. “I am committed to fighting everyday for my two young girls.” -Dawn B., OR. “How boring would the world be if we all thought, looked and acted the same. Diversity is what makes the world so beautiful.” -Elizabeth M., CA. “It's important that we come together with a unified mindset.” -Noemie B., FL. “People who I haven't spoken to in years are connecting on social media and real life as part of the movement. I love it!” -Karen H., CO. “Whether you're a woman or a male ally, whether you're a lifelong activist or new to protest, thank you for refusing to remain silent.” -Tara A., WA. “We stand with you, no matter where you are in the world today. This work will take all of us.” -Allison M., OR. “It's important to stand in solidarity with ALL people who support the equality of genders.” -Marcy A., WA. “It doesn't matter if you are in Washington, at one of the sister marches, or at home supporting, we need to continue to support each other.” -Sabrena O., PA. “This is the time to use our voices as a collective whole. Let's stay united.” -Bri H., MN. “The march allows us the freedom to voice our opinions and desires no matter how different they may be.” -Sarah H., CA. “The most positive aspect is seeing the diversity across cultures, religion (or none), genders, income levels and partisan affiliation.” - Kristina B., OR. “Despite people's differences we are able to find this common ground that really speaks to the tenacity of the human spirit and the longing for common good.” -Lisa G., CA. “It is so important that I, one person, can join this event along with others to make a force that will stand for justice and inclusion.” -Jordyn R., PA. “What you're doing at the marches is extremely important and vital for our future.” -Erica E., CA. “We are all important, no matter where we are!” -Lauren K., CA. "To those marching, it is your duty to inspire others positively and heroically. For those who can't make it, find a little girl and give her a compliment. -Aimee B., MO. "Thank you for your courage. For being the voices that can't be heard. For fighting." -Catalina V., NY. "With compassion and humanity, WE RISE." -Rachelle D., CO. "Whether here or elsewhere, living or passed, aware or indifferent, we march for you." -Roberto C., VA. "This fight for equality won't end with this march. Run for public office, donate time or money, and educate yourself about intersectional feminism." -Tina M., NY. "What inspires me is not only seeing women participating from all walks of life, but men being supportive as well." -Jazmin H., NY. "Anger is natural. Empathy is productive. Divisiveness is not. Organize, be brave, and lead with love." -Sara R., OR. "It's important to protect the forward momentum of change. Uniting together for equality of human rights." -Rachel B., VA.
"The marches positively show participation by all races, genders, and social types." -Michael P., CA. "This is the first step in the fight for equality. We must harness the energy from this day and use it to continue getting our voices heard." -Annie R., CA. "We are not alone in a dark room of solitude. There's a horizon. With momentum together, we really can shift the paradigm. -Madeline B., OR. "We all have a voice. Now is the time to use it." -Sarah M., OR. "We're making ourselves heard, seen, felt, and known. People moving together can enact justice. -Meryl L., FL. "The march is important. It's making a stand for equality and compassion in the face of overwhelming adversity. -Emily B., CO. "You can make a difference. Just you." -Emily A., CT. "I f***ing salute you! This is such a momentous historic event. Whether you march, share your voice, or share your support, no act is too small!" -Taylor M., VA. "Our world is a better place when all voices are heard & valued as equal, and when all have equal opportunities to succeed." -Claire F., CA. "Keep the movement going. Nothing ever got done by sitting around." -Dana G., MD. "I want to show my daughter being a woman isn't a disadvantage. I too, am a feminist and will do my damn best to fight for her equality." Robyn. R., AK. "Marching isn't the only, or best, way to be active. You can be just as effective by contacting local representatives or better yet - living by example." -Casandra G., CA. "I know so many people who wanted to make it to the march but couldn't. They are the strong women I'll be thinking of." -Erin D., FL. "The most positive thing about being a part of this movement is the authentic camaraderie. Together, our voices can evoke positive change on women’s equality for future generations." -MaryBeth G., MA. "It's easy to feel discouraged when your rights aren't recognized, but being surrounded by like-minded people can make a big difference in outlook for the future." -Emily S., OR. "By supporting the most marginalized women, you are doing the most important work that ends up supporting all women, including yourself." -Erika K., WA. "If we want to see change in our country, we need to let our voices be heard. No more complacency." -Kaycia O. OR. "We should participate on every level. Have respectful but challenging conversations with peers and family, and vote every 2 years." -Amanda S., NY. "Don’t give into the fear and hate. Stay positive and strong, and know that there are people out there who care." -Nicole P., NY. "I stand proudly beside you, my sisters. Our hearts and souls will forever be joined. My mother taught me to be my own advocate, so hell, let's do it." -Polyna L., OR. "We are not crazy, we are together!" -Julia C., OR. "Independently march. With your voice. With your point of view. With your strength. Let the world know you are a force." -Katelin P., OR. "It's important to be a part of the change moving us forward." -Heidi H., Stockholm. "Do this for you, for your sister, for your mother and for all women that came before and those generations that will follow. The future is female!" - Lee W., WA. "Together we can do this!" -Courtney A., CA. "Be proud of your feminism. Shout it from the rooftops! Show respect for everyone, try to understand different perspectives, and never compromise on your values. We’ll get there." -Rachel Y., CA. “We’re not just here for ourselves. We’re here to be a voice for everyone. We all have rights.” - Pam G., D.C. "It's important to keep the peace and demonstrate how woman have a voice and will not be disrespected." -Elisa C., CA. "To me, it's important to be able to stand up for my rights and the rights of all women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community." -Malaea R., OR. “I work in the tech field, and all I hear is “we don’t have any women.” It’s hard for me to hear. So this is a way to empower women.” -Angie S., NY. “I’m really overwhelmed and so proud we made the trip. The fact I get to be here with my daughter, niece, and friends is very special.” - Eileen P. “I’m super excited to be here. It’s been so peaceful, which I fully support.” -Daniel L., NY. “It’s really important for our generation to be out there and voice our ideas. So that’s what we’re doing!” -Claire P., CT. “Moving to the U.S., the opportunity it brings, and being able to voice my opinions is exciting.” -Eva R., Spain. “To all marchers - organize! This is the start of getting people together.” -Tom H., WI. “Be enthusiastic and stay enthusiastic. Stand up for what you believe in.” -Rachel M., CA. “Regardless of your reason or incentive to go to the march, know that you are appreciated now. We’re proud of you.” -Bilal T., WA. “We are about unity and community. Women create culture.” -Josefina L., CA. “To the next generation - be confident in yourself. Be open to learning. Be open to challenging your own beliefs.” -Lauren R., D.C. “As a college student, there is a lot of female empowerment happening on campus. My friends and I see the growth of women and are excited to see what we’re all going to do.” -Allie P., IL. “Speak your opinion. Get out there. Fight for what you believe in. My future depends on this!” -Emma G., NC. “As a dancer/choreographer and maker of socially engaging work I’m coming out to reiterate we are here. We’re stronger than ever.” -Megan C., NY. “I’m seeing people come together in a new way. People should be sharing more stuff like this march.” -Jimmy B., Malta. “Fellow marchers, we’re here with you today and everyday. We need to stand up for each other.” -Tiffany H., D.C.
“To the next generation - remember your history. A person who forgets their history is bound to repeat it.” -Lynette S., D.C. “To be at the march means I’m giving my voice. It’s a chance to be heard." -Michele B., TX. “The best part is that we’re not alone in all this. We’re in this together.” -Stephanie N., TX. “Don’t give up. Keep fighting for what you believe in.” -Anyah S., NY. “To the next generation - keep fighting for things that are really important! Don’t lose sight of it.” -Margery M., D.C. “I’m so proud of everyone here at the march. Please continue to stand strong.” Allison D., VI. “We’re really proud to be here standing with everyone else who thinks this is important.” -Heather H., GA. “To be here means caring about equality and women’s rights. Women are just as equal as everyone else.” -Kimberly G., NY. “Being at the women’s march means I’m a small part of this history. I’ll be able to add this to my legacy.” -Kristen W., KS. “Today is historic. It really means a lot to me. We’re all in this together.” -Isabelle K. with Eric D., MD. “It’s incredible to be here, in fact I have goosebumps. It’s amazing to see everyone out supporting.” -Connie H., CT. “To me, being here is a beautiful expression of what it means to be American.” -Jaya W., CT. “Being here means so many things. Primarily I’m here for my grandmother, my brother, my cousin and her husband, and for myself!” -Jillian N., VA. “To the next generation - don’t give up. We’re looking at you to make your mark.” -Nikki F., NY. “Today is very empowering, and it’s great to share this march with so many people that I care about.” -Lauren I., MA. “The support for women is overwhelming. It’s so heartwarming to see the empathy and love everywhere around you.” -Erin B. with Heather W., NC. “Diversity and education are beautiful. Reach out to one another and together we can make a change.” -Sarah B., Israel. “Today means being a part of something bigger than ourselves. We’re representing Atlanta!” -Haley D., GA. “This is one of the most important civil rights movements of our time.” -Hilary M., D.C. “We’re definitely making history! Unite and rise.” -Rebecca L., D.C. “The march has a buzz and an energy. It feels like it’s shared with everyone, and that’s very cool. It’s positive.” -Audrey P., NY. “I’m loving seeing everyone being so peaceful and supportive. It’s really about camaraderie and equality.” -Hayley N., IL. “Be here. Be vocal. Be present.” -Nathalie L., Haiti. “The people are here, and the people are speaking very, very loudly. The future is female!!” -Catalina L., D.C. “Today is about solidarity, unity, women’s rights, humans rights, and all that is good.” -Chris C., NY. “I’m here to support the women in my life and the women of America to show that we as men care.” -Owen E., NY. “We’re all here in support of one another. It’s important that we all turn out, men and women.” -Matt K., WA. “This march has such a positive energy. It’s so nice to be around so many people from different parts of the country, and we’re all here supporting the same cause.” -Kristina K., D.C. “We are here to fight for all the rights of women. To make our voices be heard.” -Margaret D., CO. “This weekend is really important to me. I come from a long line of women who’ve been told they cannot do something, and they defied it every time.” -Julia B., NJ. “Men, get down there and support your wives, your daughters, your sisters and your mama!” -Eric T., D.C. “Don’t wait for anyone else to lead. Stand up and take the lead.” -Anoa C., GA. “This has sparked a movement that is needed, a well as a collective voice around the world.” -Andrew M., England. “I have two daughters, so my words to them are don’t let anyone tell you can’t do anything.” -Anne R., MN. “Stay positive. Equality is all that matters.” -Nicole T., CA. “I am proud to represent the girls and high school seniors in Memphis. This means so much to me.” -Brenna P., TN. “Women’s rights are everyone’s rights. If you’re human you should be at the march.” -Jessica P., MI. “This is important for all of us. People have mothers, daughters, sisters and you want them to grow up in a world where they are equal.” -Jamilla D., CO. “One of the greatest lessons we can learn from this is to open our eyes, as well as focus on what the future looks like.” -Sacha K., VA.