With the Women's March set to begin tomorrow in D.C. (and across the world), women are posting pictures of their #MarchingShoes to showcase the causes they believe in most
Tomorrow women from all walks of life and from all across the country will take to D.C. for the Women's March on Washington just one day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Hundreds and thousands of women (and men) will be attending the peaceful rally in D.C. to spread awareness of women's rights, a particularly poignant topic given the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood, the Affordable Care Act, and the potential risks to women's health as a result of the new Trump administration.
To gear up for the march (or should we say lace up), marchers in D.C. and elsewhere are taking to social media with the hashtag #MarchingShoes to share pictures of the sneakers, shoes, and boots they plan to wear while marching. And no, it's not about fashion or a good 'gram, it's about WHY they are participating in tomorrow's rally, and what women's rights mean to them.
In response to Trump's victory, women are standing together to recognize and defend the inequalities that hold them back. "The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights," says the official Facebook event. It's clear this woman agrees.
— Amy B (@poemstinkdream) January 20, 2017
While gender equality remains a major issue, women are also fighting against racial, social, and economic inequalities that minorities of all kinds are up against. This Twitter user's boots say it all: We're marching for a world filled with peace and love.
I am marching on Saturday at Women's March on London in support of a global movement that begins on the 1st day of Donald Trump's presidency to show that those corrupt & in power are not going to inflict their world views upon us. I am marching because I want to stand up for equal rights & reject bigotry, sexism & xenophobia. I am joined by likeminded women, men & children - my husband & sons included - who understand that all people are equal regardless of gender, appearance, disability, race or creed. @womensmarchlondon #marchingshoes #whyimarch #womensmarchlondon #equalrights #humanrights #womensmarch #womensrightsarehumanrights #lovewins #bridgesnotwalls #equalrightsforall
For those who can't be in the center of it all in D.C., there are more than 600 sister marches happening not just in the U.S., but around the world. Participation estimates say upwards of two million people are expected to march.
Many are walking for their children and future generations to come. Pregnant Instagramer Trina Cody will be marching for her unborn baby (and for the rights she'll soon depend on). Another mom took to Twitter to emphasize that same sentiment, writing "For her future and my past, and everyone in between," along with an image of what's assumed to be her shoes next to the shoes of her daughter's and another loved one.
— Kelsey Wadman (@KelseyWadman) January 18, 2017
Reproductive rights are also at the forefront of many marchers' minds. Trump has promised to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and in doing so would take funds away from Planned Parenthood.
Lace up, ladies.