On Sunday, January 21, 2016, as over 500,000 people participated in the Women’s March on Washington, sister marches sprung up not only across America, but the world. On all seven continents—even Antarctica—global marches were a gathering place for women, men, and children to express their desire for equal rights.
Women’s right and civil rights were at the forefront, with the Women’s March giving a platform for citizens to express their values and to stand up for their beliefs. And while many peaceful demonstrations in large cities are getting coverage—Los Angeles, Boston, London, Montreal—it’s the small cities and unexpected countries that show how all encompassing the message really is.
In Washington, Gloria Steinem addressed the crowd with these words: “Thank you for understanding that sometimes we have to put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough.” With more than 1 million people around the world putting their bodies on the line for women’s right, the message came through loud and clear.
In the United States alone more than 500 cities held Women’s Marches, making it the largest demonstration in US History.
Cities as large as Austin, Texas and as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska held sister marches.
This aerial video by Holp Photography shows the magnitude of the Women’s March in Austin, Texas.
Global Women’s Marches, often organized by American ex-patriots, were a show of solidarity with both American and local participants.
Even the diminutive Isle of Eigg got in on the action. With only 87 inhabitants, 20% of the population participated.
All seven continents held marches thanks to what might be the world’s most far flung sister march in Antarctica.
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