On Jan. 20, 2018, the second annual Women's March descended on the streets of Washington D.C. and in cities and towns throughout the country. While the collective size of the demonstrations isn't totally clear just yet, it's obvious that a huge number of people have taken to the streets, with a message of political resistance, protecting and expanding women's rights, and encouraging participation in politics. And those themes were well represented in the many brutally honest Women's March signs spotted at the protests.
If you've ever been to a massive public political demonstration before, you probably know just how prevalent hand-drawn, politically charged, and often funny or devastatingly straightforward protest signs can be. They're a familiar fixture at almost any big show of political solidarity, and judging by some of the pictures that have been kicking around on social media, the Women's March on Saturday has been no exception.
Needless to say, the Women's March is oriented around a progressive political message, and as such, those are the sorts of values being represented in a lot of the signage. In the event you didn't get to attend a march and see some of them for yourself, here are tk of the sharpest, funniest, most on-point signs that have been spotted so far.
1. Respect My Existence
The political rallying cry of "resistance" has been a consistent theme throughout the first year of the Trump presidency.
2. We Need More Support Than This
The marches were more far-reaching than just Washington, D.C. and New York, with cities along the west coast also turning out in big numbers.
3. Supporting A Racist
President Donald Trump has been embroiled in multiple racism-related controversies and scandals in the first year of his presidency.
4. If A Genie Granted Me Three Wishes
It's probably safe to say that Paul Ryan's not the most popular guy among the attendees of the Women's March.
5. I Hate Crowds But
If you attended the Women's March, it's a safe bet you probably felt a little crowded at some point.
6. Death To The Patriarchy
For the record, it's really, really dangerous to eat Tide Pods.
7. The Other Is A Bear
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is an intensely controversial figure among Democrats and progressives.
8. Came For The Carbonara
The marches were actually international events, with reach even beyond the borders of the United States.
9. If This March Is About Accountability
A mere three percent of black women voted for Trump in 2016, while a majority of white women supported him.
10. Dotty Old Racists
The phrase "dotty old racist" in reference to Trump is a favorite of former Obama speechwriter and current podcaster Jon Lovett.
11. Raised By Two Women
Zach Wahls made headlines with his impassioned support of same-sex marriage back in 2011.
12. He Doesn't Even Have A Dog
13. Grab 'Em By The Midterms
The march has placed a particular emphasis on getting involved in electoral politics, with the 2018 midterms looming.
14. No Sign Is Big Enough
Women are not at all short on reasons to be getting involved in activism right now, suffice to say.
15. Destroy Racist Patriarchy
Some of the signs took a more decidedly intersectional tone, highlighting the combined influences of racism and sexism in society.
16. Where Do I Even Start
There are definitely a lot of options. Maybe too many.
17. In This House We Believe
There are a lot of different issues and policies important to many of the people who attended the march, support for Black Lives Matter's message of racial justice in policing and the criminal justice system included.
Simply put, there's been no shortage of evocative, emotionally affecting, or in some cases, downright funny signage at the second Women's March. And it's not hard to see why they're so popular ― all you need is a big piece of paper, a few pens, and some deeply-held beliefs to send a message to everyone around you.