For the past, the present, and the future, people share their reasons for marching.
In an unprecedented rebuke to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and marched on Washington, D.C. — and around the world — on Jan. 21, 2017.
On his first full day in office, the Women's March on Washington drew demonstrators from across the country — men, women, and children alike — to fight back against harmful rhetoric and campaign proposals Trump has promised.
The march, which comes amid a slew of new polls reflecting historically low favorability ratings for the 45th president, united members of many marginalized groups, from people of color and immigrants to LGBTQ Americans and survivors of sexual assault to members of the disabled community who created a virtual version of the march — all who felt targeted by the president throughout his 2016 campaign.
Using the hashtag #WhyIMarch on Twitter, many marchers expressed why they took to the streets. Here are 31 of their powerful responses:
1. This person is marching for his son, who idolizes Hillary Clinton.
I’ll never forget when my 3 year old son, Mateo Ali told me that he wants to be @HillaryClinton when he grows up. That matters. #WhyIMarch— Michael Skolnik (@Michael Skolnik)1484887969.0
2. This person is marching for undocumented immigrants, who deserve better.
Sending love to my undocumented sisters and brothers. I will fight with you and for you. #HereToStay #WhyIMarch— Linda Sarsour (@Linda Sarsour)1484925791.0
3. This person is marching to pay her mother's selflessness forward.
Marching b/c my mom came to this country so I could have the opportunities she was denied for being a woman… https://t.co/aIeide3whB— Bonnie Casillas (@Bonnie Casillas)1484023244.0
4. This person is marching to take a stand for disability rights and respect.
5. This person is marching because she is enough.
I'm never going to let anyone tell me I am not enough because I'm Latina, a woman and POC. #WhyIMarch— jenn saw Endgame x4🌠 (@jenn saw Endgame x4🌠)1484081123.0
6. This person is marching because she wants to do what's right for her child.
One reason I'm attending #WomensMarch is b/c I want to be the role model my daughter deserves #whyIMarch— Sarah Nyswonger (@Sarah Nyswonger)1484077793.0
7. This person is marching because there's no excuse for inequality.
It is unfathomable that equal rights don't exist & my 21 yr old daughter has to deal w/ sexual, financial & social… https://t.co/L9VTrjGP7I— Allison Banks (@Allison Banks)1484023822.0
8. This person is marching because we should all have control over our own bodies.
I'm marching because the freedom to decide what to do with one's body is the most basic and profound human right. #WomensMarch #whyIMarch— Casey Casias (@Casey Casias)1484064113.0
9. The actor Melissa Benoist, marches because you just don't mess with Supergirl (or the woman who plays her).
.@MelissaBenoist IS a legend ✊🏻#WomensMarch https://t.co/VPsDCaPcCJ— ᴄᴀᴍɪʟʟᴀ ʟ ɴᴇᴡs 💙|| 8 (@ᴄᴀᴍɪʟʟᴀ ʟ ɴᴇᴡs 💙|| 8)1485014300.0
10. This person is marching to be an ally to everyone who feels afraid.
I'm joining the @womensmarch in Washington on Saturday to support everyone who feels threatened by what's happening in America #WhyIMarch— Grant Wahl (@Grant Wahl)1484880681.0
11. This person is marching because women ... well, they're people, too.
@womensmarch I'm marching because, like most women, I too am human, & support human rights & equality. Also, these… https://t.co/PAGo0mZzLY— bpinder (@bpinder)1484088465.0
12. This person is marching because the future depends on having good schools.
Days 4, 5, 6 #WhyIMarch: Education. Education. Education. (especially PUBLIC education) #PowerOfHope #SUNinDC #SuitUpNebraska— Dr. Elaine Marie Nelson (@Dr. Elaine Marie Nelson)1484084734.0
13. Little Miss Flint is marching because we all deserve clean drinking water.
We wont have access to safe water until 2020!! #WhyIMarch #FlintWaterCrisis #WMWYouth #Flint #MISOTS17 https://t.co/gXOS4HQodU— Mari Copeny (@Mari Copeny)1484703220.0
14. This person is marching to feel rejuvenated once again.
I am marching to be strengthened and uplifted. I am hoping to gather knowledge on how to go forward #WhyIMarch— Karen Lambert (@Karen Lambert)1484060677.0
15. This person is marching for trans rights.
"Trans rights are human rights." #WhyIMarch https://t.co/593g9TouXl— Feminist Frequency (@Feminist Frequency)1484958659.0
16. This person is marching because "justice for all" means justice for all.
To demand equality, reproductive rights, safety for people of all races, beliefs, gender or sexual identities. For Justice! #WhyIMarch— wendi (@wendi)1484060599.0
17. This person is marching for her granddaughter — and everyone else's, too.
#WhyIMarch #January21 @womensmarch - I march for my granddaughter and all young girls! https://t.co/zP7Kt4BeX8— Mary A. Williams (@Mary A. Williams)1484088223.0
18. This person is marching because she's basically everything Trump has attacked on the campaign trail.
I am everything he thinks is evil- Mexican, female, immigrant, scientist, educated, not scared, successful, open-minded #WhyIMarch #Jan21 🇺🇸— Martha (@Martha)1484060347.0
19. This person is marching because equal rights shouldn't be controversial.
#WhyIMarch because everyone deserves the same rights, no matter their gender, race, origin, or sexuality #WomensMarch— Ariana Moore (@Ariana Moore)1485013653.0
20. This person is marching for female veterans and those living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Thank you to all the powerful voices supporting #women & #veterans! Only 11 days until #womensmarch🇺🇸! #whyIMarch >… https://t.co/waWaSGj2nj— Pam Campos-Palma 🇭🇳🇬🇹🇺🇸 (@Pam Campos-Palma 🇭🇳🇬🇹🇺🇸)1484052304.0
21. This person is marching because of the women who came before her.
For the women who fought for the vote, her seat on the bus and her place in the office. #WhyIMarch #WomensMarch #Seattle— Stephanie Timken (@Stephanie Timken)1485013555.0
22. This person is marching because her family is as diverse as America itself.
#whyIMarch My niece is transgender My niece is Bi My nephew is gay My husband is Jew-ish. I stand for the HUMAN race and religious freedom♥️— DeborrahFlinnerCohen (@DeborrahFlinnerCohen)1484034999.0
23. This person is marching to take a stand against sexual assault.
24. This person is marching to put an end to gun violence.
This bell cannot be unrung. @momsdemand @Everytown #WomensMarch https://t.co/Yjiv2kuha7— TheIndyJagger (@TheIndyJagger)1485014934.0
25. These people are marching because the rights of all women are at stake, no matter their jobs.
Team CHANGE marching for all women, sex workers included. #WomensMarch #BreakBarriers https://t.co/fHdWnk0IcF— CHANGE (@CHANGE)1485013180.0
26. This person is marching because we simply cannot give up now.
#whyIMarch we've come too far to give up the forward motion— nancy (@nancy)1484059243.0
27. CNN's Sally Kohn is marching because these are not the words of a leader.
Unacceptable before. Unacceptable now. ( via @dreamhampton ) #WhyIMarch #WomensMarch #NotMyPresident https://t.co/XDlrf9XvOH— Sally Kohn (@Sally Kohn)1485000252.0
28. This person is marching because the future depends on it.
For the rights of the generations to come 💛 #whyIMarch #WomensMarch— Shelby Wulfert (@Shelby Wulfert)1485013834.0
29. Actress Lupita Nyong'o marches because she won't let the world rob her of her dignity.
#WhyIMarch: I have decided not to be reduced by any events, social or political, that aim to rob me of my dignity.… https://t.co/1Bjj2kYsAw— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita Nyong'o)1484946771.0
30. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) marches as a message to politicians who want to deny people access to affordable care at Planned Parenthood.
For the millions of men & women who rely on Planned Parenthood for their health care needs. #WhyIMarch https://t.co/2dMYon8JGH— Senator Patty Murray (@Senator Patty Murray)1485011009.0
31. This person marches because she survived the attack at Sandy Hook and won't stop now.
Sandy Hook survivor Yvonne and @Ashleycech at the #womensMarch #WMNYC @momsdemand https://t.co/9Lvf0qd3Ui— Barry Graubart (@Barry Graubart)1485015456.0
Human rights are under attack. Women's rights are under attack. The women, the men, the boys, and the girls who march today are sending a powerful message at those who seek to deny others those rights.
No matter who you voted for (or if you voted) in November's election, you have a right to make your voice heard — and around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are doing just that. Change is possible, and protests do work.
The 31 stories shared here are a small sampling of the wide range of reasons people have taken to the streets in dissent. When things look tough, let us look to those voices, let us join in their chorus.