On Saturday, January 21—President Trump’s first full day in office—millions of people across cities, countries, and even continents took to the streets to fight for gender equality and reject the newly-inaugurated president’s attitude toward women. Although achieving equal rights was the primary goal of the march, many participants have flocked to Twitter to share their specific and personal reasons for joining the cause using the hashtag, #WhyIMarch.
Inspired by the official Women’s March on Washington , the string of demonstrations provided an empowering platform for people of all genders, races, nationalities, and religious beliefs to support and empower females for various reasons. Groups of people marched for their family members, others participated to defend those most in need, some did it for their role models, and many joined to finally empower themselves.
Whatever the motivation, the message is loud and clear: women’s rights are human rights.
Using the hashtag, #WhyIMarch, Twitter users have shared their personal reasons for participating in the Women’s March.
— Casey Casias (@thebravengineer) January 10, 2017
To demand equality, reproductive rights, safety for people of all races, beliefs, gender or sexual identities. For Justice! #WhyIMarch
— wendi (@WendiUnraveled) January 10, 2017
— Ariana Moore (@goodenoughfor) January 21, 2017
Many women marched to ensure such rights for their daughters and granddaughters.
— Sarah Nyswonger (@yosemitezoo) January 10, 2017
— Allison Banks (@alliesuz) January 10, 2017
— Mary Anita Williams (@marwillias47) January 10, 2017
Some even joined to send a positive message to their sons.
— Sarah Taylor (@sarahWPS) January 21, 2017
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) January 20, 2017
Others participated to represent their mothers and grandmothers…
— Bonnie (@bonniecasillas) January 10, 2017
— Annerieke Smaak (@AnneriekeSmk) January 21, 2017
And all women.
— Stephanie Timken (@Stimken) January 21, 2017
Yes, I’m a loving husband & father of 2 girls. But I march because men should cherish, respect, & support women. Full stop. #WhyIMarch
— Go Big Rev (@ScotAlanJohnson) January 13, 2017
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) January 20, 2017
— bpinder (@bpinder) January 10, 2017
— CHANGE (@genderhealth) January 21, 2017
— Shelby Wulfert (@ShelbyWulfert) January 21, 2017
…Including, of course, themselves.
— Linda Kelchner (@profe105) January 14, 2017
I’m never going to let anyone tell me I am not enough because I’m Latina, a woman and POC. #WhyIMarch
— I Ain’t Sorry ✊ (@JennZoet) January 10, 2017
I am marching to be strengthened and uplifted. I am hoping to gather knowledge on how to go forward #WhyIMarch
— Karen Lambert (@mamaslambert) January 10, 2017
— Martha (@smilybean04) January 10, 2017
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 20, 2017
Many people marched as allies for those who need extra support.
— Wendy 👑 (@_wendayflowers) January 21, 2017
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) January 20, 2017
I’m marching to show solidarity with and LISTEN to others for whom this system does not and has never worked. #WhyIMarch
— Jenna Couch (@PastorJenna) January 13, 2017
— Lauren F (@nocheetosaz) January 10, 2017
And for Planned Parenthood, a vital and threatened organization.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) January 21, 2017
#whyIMarch because Planned Parenthood helped me when my doctor refused to listen.
— Yvonncé (@tigermouth) January 22, 2017
— Awesome Tasia (@TasiaBass28) January 22, 2017
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) January 22, 2017
And many, unsurprisingly, did it as a big ‘thank you’ to Hillary Clinton.
— (((sfpelosi))) (@sfpelosi) January 20, 2017
— Kristen Blush (@KristenBlush) January 10, 2017
— Kristen D (@mskristenmd) January 20, 2017
To honor those female warriors, trailblazers, like Hillary Clinton-and give voice to their concerns in a new era. #whyimarch
— Women’s March Oregon (@womensmarchOR) December 19, 2016
— CnfesionsOfANovelist (@CnfesnsOfANvlst) January 23, 2017
The Women’s March may be over, but our work has just begun.
To learn how you can still support the cause, be sure to check out the official website of the Women’s March. And, if you were one of the million marchers, be sure to share your own reason for participating by using the hashtag #whyIMarch on Twitter.