This Is What a Movement Looks Like

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The Women’s March on Washington—and its over 600 solidarity marches around the world—made January 21, 2017 the date of the largest worldwide day of action in history. Over five million people showed up on every continent and in every single state to send a clear message to the incoming Trump administration: We won’t go back. In line with an intersectional and progressive feminist platform, activists took to the streets to fight for women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, an end to discrimination and a sustainable path forward to a more just and equitable culture worldwide.

We at Ms. were proud to attend marches in Los Angeles and San Francisco on Saturday, as well as having a presence at the Women’s March on Washington, through our parent organization and publisher, the Feminist Majority Foundation. But we also knew our readers and community members would be marching all over the world—and we wanted to play our part in amplifying this global movement not just in major U.S. coastal cities, but in small towns and less spotlighted regions of the U.S. and in cities overseas.

We asked our community to use the hashtag #MsMarches during their march, wherever they were. We were tagged in photos on Instagram from around the world. And we received photos via email from feminists in every corner of the globe over the weekend that show that this movement isn’t going anywhere—and it’s bigger than we perhaps ever could have dreamt.

These are the photos we gathered from marches around the world. This is what a movement looks like.

We’ll be adding more photos throughout the week and updating this deck—if you’d like to see your photo included in our stream, email me: crios [at] msmagazine [dot] com!




Carmen Rios is a feminist media-maker and movement-builder. She's currently a consulting editor at Ms. and the host of Bitch Media's Popaganda podcast, and was previously the managing digital editor at Ms. and the feminism editor, community director and social media co-director at Autostraddle. Her work has also been published by outlets like the Atlantic's CityLab, BuzzFeed, ElixHER, Feministing, Girlboss, Mic, MEL and Everyday Feminism; and she is additionally a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine. You can find her on Twitter @carmenriosss.