'We stand together.'
On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, more than 2 million people all over the world marched for gender equality rights. Many celebrities were right there with them.
After all, female celebrities — no matter how famous they are — will not escape the gender injustices that are likely to arise in our new administration. So they took their place in the crowds alongside fellow activists, loudly echoing their sentiments every step of the way, as per the Women's March mission:
"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."
Some also used their celebrity status to push the message out even further by giving bold, impassioned speeches in front of the masses.
But whether they were in front of a microphone, holding a sign, or sporting a pink pussy hat, their presence among the masses was inspiring. So much of the march was about inclusivity and sharing that purpose with like-minded celebrities reminded people that no one is above that concept.
Here are 27 activist celebrities who marched for the cause.
1. Ashley Judd gave a heart-stopping rendition of Nina Donovan's "Nasty Woman" poem.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert brought an appropriately revised copy of her book, "Eat, Pray, Love."
On my way to Washington! (Thank you, @ScottRogowsky, for updating my book cover to reflect the spirit of the times!… https://t.co/2O5JgA8ZcF— Elizabeth Gilbert (@Elizabeth Gilbert) 1485004546
3. Ariana Grande marched with her female role model — her grandmother.
4. Connie Britton rocked a Planned Parenthood poster in Park City, Utah.
#WomensMarch #Sundance Connie Britton❤️💪 https://t.co/fJwPlPnJiM— Summer (@Summer) 1485030955
5. Katy Perry made a new feminist friend at the Los Angeles march.
6. Jessica Chastain casually handed out love buttons at the march in Washington, D.C. NBD.
7. Drew Barrymore's daughter Frankie's sign was honest and on point.
8. If anyone messes with Melissa Benoist (aka Supergirl) and her vagina, they'll be very, very sorry.
9. I'd say Brie Larson's fans appreciated her presence among them.
I want it to be known that I'd die for Brie Larson https://t.co/wkXTNiyrBp— audri (@audri) 1485034576
10. America Ferrera's speech at the March on Washington kicked off the day. Watch it here.
11. Ian McKellen marched in London with a poster of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard. Needless to say, people couldn't get enough of him.
12. Scarlett Johansson's speech on how Planned Parenthood helped during her teen years brought the house down.
13. Gillian Anderson sported a "We the People" poster designed by Shepard Fairey.
Thank you @OBEYGIANT for the posters. Thank you Piper for the signs. Proud to be one of many today @womensmarchlon.… https://t.co/DghSYiLsDE— Gillian Anderson (@Gillian Anderson) 1485010177
14. Mandy Moore paired up with the inimitable Jane Fonda.
It's not a #WomensMarch without @Janefonda (and @rp1313 and #katherineschwarzenegger) . What a day. One for the boo… https://t.co/G4zzBJwzhY— Mandy Moore (@Mandy Moore) 1485027488
15. "Hidden Figures" actress Janelle Monae's speech says it all.
Janelle Monae at #WomensMarch: "Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names." https://t.co/Sx1NDU83fE— NBC News (@NBC News) 1485025717
16. Maggie Gyllenhaal and her brother Jake did the Women's March on Washington sibling-style.
Me and my bro #WomensMarchOnWashington https://t.co/4y1uJ9p1YR— Maggie Gyllenhaal (@Maggie Gyllenhaal) 1485040218
17. Amber Tamblyn and Amy Schumer mutually supported women's rights (and NASA).
NASA's finest @amyschumer #womensmarch https://t.co/YWowbbKsDr— Amber Tamblyn (@Amber Tamblyn) 1485020120
18. Sometimes there's an actor who was in a movie your protest poster is quoted from, and everything's suddenly right with the world.
19. A highlight from one epic speech by Gloria Steinem.
Gloria Steinem on Trump at #WomensMarch: "A Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger." https://t.co/fkZFb4kGaG— NBC News (@NBC News) 1485013677
20. Chelsea Handler, together with Charlize Theron and Mary McCormack, were "loud and proud" at Sundance in Park City, Utah.
#MarchOnMain #WomensMarch #WHYIMARCH @marycmccormack @CharlizeAfrica https://t.co/EVwqyAvJZ6— Chelsea Handler (@Chelsea Handler) 1484966444
21. Nick Offerman wore a pussy hat with pride (as well as some snow).
I'm a nasty girl #WomensMarch https://t.co/GjFriucGUY— Nick Offerman (@Nick Offerman) 1485020653
22. "Orange Is the New Black's" Jackie Cruz showed off major sign skills.
23. And Amy Poehler would not be Amy Poehler without creating a hilariously awkward situation.
Guys help my friend find her mom! She's a nice lady in a pink hat, should be super easy #FindEileenPoehler… https://t.co/3iHkCGhyRm— Amber Tamblyn (@Amber Tamblyn) 1485026671
24. Comedian Jenny Slate carried a sign for someone who couldn't make it to the march.
I went to do an early AM interview at NPR & a woman made this & asked me to carry it for her & I said YES https://t.co/wesrqbaB5I— jenny slate (@jenny slate) 1485026694
25. Alicia Keys took sisterhood selfies.
Sisterhood 🌟🌟 #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch #WomensRightsAreHumanRights #WeAreHere https://t.co/AGs1Esay2m— Alicia Keys (@Alicia Keys) 1485038599
26. Zendaya was just one more in the over 500,000 person crowd in Washington, D.C.
27. And, finally, the feminist who started #HeForShe did her part for gender equality while hanging with her mom, taking photos of kids, and laughing with strangers who are now friends.
#WomensMarch https://t.co/dYZPxJ13FI— Emma Watson (@Emma Watson) 1485105813
Seeing the icons we look up to marching for what's right is one heck of a reminder that we're far from alone in this fight.
Their presence at these protests makes a difference on many levels, but perhaps the most significant is showing we are all unified under one purpose. And we are going to keep defending each other and every group marginalized under Trump's administration.
Over the next four years, we will be up against a government that may try to strip us of our human rights at every turn. The more powerful, publicly known voices who stand with us and amplify our frustrations, the harder it will be for them to be ignored.