The 2019 Women’s March has left its mark across the world from Washington, D.C. to Sydney, Australia. For a third year running, thousands flooded the streets of Washington waving signs that advocated for a number of women’s rights including reproductive, safety, LGBTQ+, worker’s, disability, and immigrant rights among more.
The female-led movement was first ignited in 2017 when millions across the United States protested the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
This year, the theme was #WomensWave – a sign of resistance, training, and power.
In Washington particularly, many gathered to celebrate the newly elected women in Congress including the first Native American women, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, and the first Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
Among the signs were the pink ‘pussy’ hat, a popular choice of head wear for many.
A couple of posters featured the lyrics and words of Cardi B. Two read “Us bad bitches is a gift from gawd” and “Universal health care so ‘Y’all can get your pussy checked at the gyno'” in reference to a video in which Cardi ripped into Trump for the government shutdown.
On Twitter, the artist shared a number of posters from the march with the caption: “I can’t believe how many posters of me were made at Womensmarch In DC ! I wish I was there :’) I’m so honoured.”
I can’t believe how many posters of me where made at Womensmarch In DC ! I wish I was there :’) I’m so honored . pic.twitter.com/N4CFen5UnO— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 20, 2019
In Sydney and Canberra, many took to the streets to protest violence against women in wake of the murder of 21-year-old Palestinian student Aiia Maasarwe, who was attacked on her way home from a comedy event on Tuesday night in Melbourne.
Beginning in Hyde Park, Sydney’s Women’s March included speeches from Yumi Stynes (host of SBS’ Is Australia Sexist?) Aunty Norma (Indigenous community leader and activist),
and Bhenji Ra (Indigenous queer artist-activist). Afterwards, marchers made their way to Belmore Park in a “show of our power, strength, and unity”.
These were some of their signs.
So true pic.twitter.com/K2614AokwK— Diana Ryall AM (@DianaRyall) January 20, 2019
& we will march for the 69 women who died in Australia in the past year due to domestic violence. Looks like equality’s back on the menu boys! #WomensMarch #womensmarchsydney #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/TscBOn1dxo— Kate Hall (@kate_hall2) January 20, 2019