Feet on the Ground, Not Backing Down!

We marched. An estimated 5.6 million of us in at least 999 marches worldwide, throughout the U.S. and in 92 countries on all seven continents, even in Antarctica. Never before in the history of the world had so many people in so many places taken to the streets on a single day for a single purpose.


In small towns and large cities. In blue states and red states—all 50 states. In the pouring rain, on sun-drenched beaches and in bitter cold snowstorms. We jammed together on city streets, lined up along sidewalks outside nursing homes and even gathered in a hospital cancer ward. From all across this nation, a million of us converged on Washington, D.C., on the very first morning of the new Trump administration. Our homemade signs and determined chants declared that women’s rights are human rights. They spoke to ending violence; ensuring civil rights and racial justice; protecting reproductive rights; standing up for workers and immigrants, LGBTQIA people and those with disabilities; and prioritizing environmental protections, criminal justice reform and peace.

“This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age. It is deep in diversity,” exclaimed Gloria Steinem, Ms. founding editor and one of the honorary co-chairs for the Women’s March. Added activist and law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who spoke to Ms. after returning from Washington, D.C., “The Women’s March reflected the intersectional aspects of our lives and how we experience the world.”

In the latest issue of Ms., we feature stories and photos from marches around the world. We also chart the marches out by state and country to show the massive mobilization that the world witnessed on January 21—and ensure that we remember it, and remain inspired by it, for years to come. To snag your commemorative issue, subscribe today.

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