If you haven't been living under a rock, you've definitely heard about the Women's March on Washington, and its many sister marches. The sister marches were scheduled to take place in all 50 states, making the Women's March accessible to women around the country. And if you're wondering what Women's Marches in every state looked like, look no further.
Sister marches were organized by volunteers in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, and an estimated 4.6 million people were scheduled to attend 673 marches around the world, according to the Women's March website. And that's not even counting the number of people who stand in solidarity with marchers but couldn't attend in person. The sister marches even went international, reaching marchers on every continent. Yes, I said every continent. As in people were marching in solidarity as far off as Antarctica.
The marches may have been scheduled to take place on Jan. 21, but the organizers of the Women's March hope the marches are just the "first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up," according to the Women's March website. Hopefully the marches serve as a call to action. If the photos from today are anything to go off of, it's clear that people are really trying to send that message of solidarity, and, just as importantly, keep it alive.
Sister Marches were scheduled in 18 Alaskan cities. Alaskan marchers braved the cold weather, including blizzards and temperatures in the negatives, to show solidarity.
The Los Angeles march was the largest seen in more than 10 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. I was heartened to see that thousands in my native San Francisco Bay Area got out to march despite gloomy weather.
"If you are not angry, you are not paying attention," one Delaware marcher's sign read.
Approximately 18 marches were scheduled in different Florida cities, according to the Women's March website.
Many in Georgia and other states marched in support of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.
A grandmother living in Hawaii, Teresa Shook, inspired the original Women's March on Washington, so it makes sense that marchers came out in droves in her state.
Extreme weather, like the snow in Boise, Idaho, didn't stop marchers from getting out there.
"Build people, not walls," was the message held up by one marcher.
Marchers took on Iowa's state capitol in Des Moines.
Four Kentucky cities hosted Sister Marches, and thousands came out to march in solidarity.
"We should do this more often!" one marcher's sign read in Louisiana.
Marchers swarmed the Maine State House surroundings to make their voices heard.
While the marches weren't explicitly anti-Trump, many marchers' signs made fun of the new president.
Fifteen Michigan cities held sister marches, including its state capital, Lansing.
"Science rules" read the sign of one Minnesota marcher.
“I think this is really important, not only for women, but for everybody who doesn’t feel they have a voice to be heard and understand they have a place,” marcher Melanie Walsh told WAPT.
Marchers could choose between four different sister marches within the state.
Signs at Helena, Montana's march were colorful and eye-catching.
Adults weren't the only ones to turn out to the marches; children and animals did as well.
Las Vegas wasn't the only Nevada city where marchers could make their voices heard; Reno and Stateline held sister marches as well.
"Everyone deserves healthcare," one marcher's sign read.
Diverse groups of people came together in six New Jersey cities to march.
One marcher holding an American flag was a beautiful reminder that we are all one country.
New York City obviously had a huge march going on (and apparently Rihanna was there) but 22 other New York State cities hosted their own marches, showing that there's a lot more to the state than NYC.
Marchers filled 13 North Carolina cities.
"Civil rights are not up for grabs," read one sign.
When you fill an entire public square in Cleveland, you know there are a lot of people interested in a movement.
"Instead of building a wall, let's tear down a glass ceiling." I agree.
It may have been raining in Portland, Oregon, but marchers were prepared with rain gear and umbrellas.
Philadelphia weather was gloomy too, but that didn't stop marchers.
Many Rhode Islanders gathered in front of the Rhode Island Statehouse.
The rally in Columbia, South Carolina was reportedly set to have its timings coincide with those of the Washington D.C. rally.
"Women's rights are human rights" was one slogan frequently echoed on signs across the nation.
Tennessee marchers could choose between seven cities to march in.
Thousands gathered in front of the Texas State Capitol to stand in solidarity.
The #AvalancheOfResistance indeed. Hats off to all marchers who braved the weather.
"Keep your policies off my body," one marcher's sign read.
One marcher's message was sarcastic: "Well excuuuse me for needing equality."
21 Washington cities held their own Sister Marches.
Many at the West Virginia march, as well as other marches, wore pink in solidarity with women.
State capitols were a popular place for marchers to gather, including in Wisconsin.
"Hate does not make America great," one marcher's sign read.
It's clear that the Women's March on Washington inspired millions of people to show solidarity for women and other traditionally marginalized peoples' rights. Hopefully that solidarity will continue on into the future.