Feminism isn"t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength.

- G.D. Anderson

Historically, the male gender has systematically oppressed females. Men have stifled women's creativity, drive, and overall potential. Society has normalized these actions; it's  seen as tradition. However, spanning the last 100 years, theres been a change. One by one, women have been raising their voices to make their concerns known. The female voice will not be silenced. That was made crystal clear this past weekend. Women and girls lined the streets of our cities with their picket signs and marched in the name of equality. Quality men and boys joined the event alongside their female counterparts. 

What They Wore

Phoenix's Indigineous Women also took part in the movement. Traditionally in Southwestern Indigenous culture, women, specifically mothers, are sacred. This sign specifically spotlights #MMIW, missing and murdered Indigenous women. Approximately 1,000 to 4,000 native women, girls and two-spirits have gone missing, or have been murdered in Canada and the United States since the 1970's. The exact number is unsure because of the lack of documentation and underrepresentation. It is recognized by Canada as a national crisis.

Pictured above, a husband and wife march side by side, wearing their signs.

Many women wore pink "pussy" hats during the movement. Seen above, a woman is representing the LGBT+ commmunity. Shedding light on the lack of rights for Lesbians, Trans and Asexual individuals.

This group took to the streets in their Women's March official tees. 

Some participants sported costumes. These two dressed in Viking garb to call attention to their stance on gender equality. 

 

Dozens of women donned red robes and white bonnets. A bold statement in reference to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The dystopian novel follows the life of Offred, a handmaid living in a totalitarian, Christian setting in New England. Handmaids are forbidden from using their birth names, but instead must be a direct reflection of their husband, or master. 

Two women dressed as Handmaids carry signs indicative of the strength and determination of females. 

 

Wizards demanding equality. Showing support in their Hogwarts House colors. 

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
- Kofi Annan

It is increasing important to realize the issues plaguing the United States, and our world, as a whole. Shedding light on gender inequality is the one way we can begin to find a resolution. This fight isn't one specifically for females to fight. It's a human issue that affects us all. Men and women alike need to be raising their voices. The idea that female empowerment means male disempowerment must be eradicated. As Women are freed from stereotypical gender roles, men will be as well. Women have come such a long way. But, the fight is not over.

 

*Photography by Andreas Viker Visuals

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Published by Simon Stylez