Women Dressed To Protest
The Women's March originally was supposed to be held in only Washington DC, but extended beyond the United States, as similar protests took place around the country and world over women's rights and other issues the marchers fear could be under threat from Donald Trump's presidency. Many of the protestors didn't just carry signs but they came dressed up and their clothes set out messages just as powerful as their signs did. Fashion has always been a strong and creative form of expression that can sometimes send messages stronger than the spoken word.
There were a few women at the march who came dressed as 1920s suffragettes. Suffragettes were members of a woman's organizations in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, which protested for women's rights in the United Kingdom, specifically women's right to vote in public elections. Many women who could not find a 1920s outfit in time for the march simply wore suffragette-inspired white-and-purple sashes that read, “Hear Our Voice.” White and purple are two colors on the suffragette’s flag. This custom was perfect for this movement, other than the right to vote, women have been fighting for the same rights since the suffragettes.
Some women decided to take a funnier and lighter tone to the customs and came dressed as a vagina. They literally dressed as giant female vaginas some complete with pubic hair. Vulva hats to areola umbrellas also were seen at the march.
From Vagina customs to Nasty Women pins right down to a simple pink shirt, anything trying to represent women’s empowerment is beautiful to see.