38 Older Women At The Women's March You'll Want To Be When You Grow Up
For anyone wondering if activism comes with an age limit, look no further than the Women's March on Washington. In hundreds of cities around the world Saturday, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets to show the incoming White House administration they wouldn't stand for any attempt to roll back the rights of women or other marginalized groups. While each Women's March participant undoubtedly had their own individual reasons for marching, they might not have been there at all if it hadn't been for one retired grandmother. Yet older women's participation in the Women's March on Washington didn't end there. Older women were spotted marching for women's rights cities around the globe, proving that activism has no age limit.
Shortly after the election of Donald Trump, one grandmother took to Facebook with a simple idea. "I think we should march," Teresa Shook reportedly wrote in the political group Pantsuit Nation. Although Shook didn't know it at the time, her post – and the Facebook event page she later created – would evolve into one of the largest demonstrations planned around Trump's inauguration.
Yet Shook isn't the only grandmother taking part in the Women's March on Washington. From marchers to speakers, Saturday's Women's March welcomed the voices of women of all ages. While women are often told to "age gracefully" (whatever that might mean), the inspiring involvement of older women in the Women's March on Washington proves a better option may be "aging radically."
Here are 38 times older women at the Women's March proved activism has no age limit:
Just A Couple Of Nasty (Old) Women
A new take on the Pink Ladies girl gang.
We Are The Majority
May I also point out her ingeniously DIYed snack bag.
The Couple That Demonstrates Together, Stays Together
When it comes to demanding equal rights, there's no such thing as retirement.
We Are Here
67-year-old Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a tireless advocate for women's rights in Congress.
This Grandma Is Fired Up
This grandma is fighting for peace.
66 Years Young
At 66 years old, Sen. Patty Murray is committed to standing with women and marginalized communities.
Abuelitas Contra Trump
This abuelita isn't having any of Trump's nonsense.
This woman is protesting at 90 years old. Needless to say, she's the perfect role model.
An 'Un-Presidented' Idea
This marcher wasn't shy about sharing her opinion of the new president at the Women's March on Washington.
Even Great Grandmothers Showed Up
This great grandmother spent some quality time with her great granddaughter at the Women's March.
Fired Up, Ready To Go
Who knew two simple letters could hold so much meaning?
These Women Demand Fundamental Rights
Nobody said being a nice woman meant you couldn't share your political opinion.
Now It's Personal
Karen Corrigan is here with her daughter Sarah, who has a rare autoimmune disorder and could lose her health insurance without Obamacare. pic.twitter.com/Ylgpf1MYmu— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) January 21, 2017
It's the younger generation that inspires this woman to march.
Raising Awareness About Police Reform
The losses these women have experienced are unimaginable, but they are so strong.
No Apologies Needed
Women at the Women's March on Washington in Washington, D.C. are saying no more wire hangers.
We Won't Sit
At 70 years old, singer Cher proves age is nothing but a number.
Here's To Strong Women
Cold weather won't keep this 97-year-old strong woman from rallying for women's rights.
Make America Great Again
This woman knows there are a multitude of ways to "make America great again."
Grandma Said, 'Don't Grab!'
A few wise words from a grandmother at the Women's March.
Grandma Knows Best
Women of all ages have been inspired by the Women's March on Washington to show up for women's rights.
Bundled Up & Ready To Go
Activism looks great at any age.
What Generation Gap?
Nothing like spending quality time with grandma at a sister march.
This Powerful Message
This puts the potential challenges to come into perspective.
When they go low, this woman from Colorado can show you how to go high.
Let Her Drop Some History On You
100 years of activism and still going strong.
Girls Day At The Women's March
Grandma and company are ready to voice their demands.
When Grandmothers Stop Being Polite
... and start getting real.
Support Planned Parenthood
This woman is standing up for Planned Parenthood.
News Flash, Mr. President
The president works for the people, all of them.
The All-Female Take On Mt. Rushmore
Another woman making history at the Women's March on Washington.
We Will Not Be Silenced
This group of women are fired up and ready to go.
Another Angry Grandma
Cheers to all the grandmothers turning their anger into action.
Careful Ladies, It Looks Like It Could Bite
Who says you can't stop to snap a picture or two with your fellow marchers?
100 Year Old Woman For Women's Rights
From young girls with dreams of being president to 100-year-olds looking to preserve the rights they fought hard to gain, the Women's March on Washington welcomed participants of all ages.
'I've Been Waiting For You'
Make your voice heard.
Ninety, Nasty, & Not Giving Up
Nasty women of all ages unite!
May Women Never Turn To Coat Hangers Again
This older woman doesn't want to see her granddaughter's reproductive rights rolled back.
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