As with January’s Women’s Marches, thousands of women took to the streets on Wednesday to both celebrate International Women’s Day and participate in A Day Without Women, a solidarity strike for equal rights. Naturally, there was a lot to say, but some of the most memorable statements were made without uttering a word. Just as they did during the marches, the signs women (and a few good men) carried did the talking. Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorites. Prepare to be inspired:
1. Changing the World: Though her sign may be blurred, her message came through loud and clear. (Photo via Justin Sullivan/Getty)
2. Ovary Office: We mean… they DO both start with “OVA!”
3. Immigrant Rights: These women marched for both immigrant AND women’s rights, saying, “You’ve built a world on our backs, the foundation will crack when we rise.”
4. Body Canvas: This woman didn’t need paper to make her voice heard, using her baby bump as her canvas instead.
5. Old Patriarchy: The sign on the left gets right to the point. This patriarchy business? It’s getting a little stale.
6. New Narrative: This sign holder changed the narrative on rape culture, taking victims out of the equation and holding perps accountable instead.
7. To Those Who Care: For many, like this woman, today was a time to celebrate female heroes on a personal level, giving a nod to those who’ve inspired us.
8. Be the Solution: This protestor made some strong feelings about President Trump known, vowing to be part of the solution in the process.
9. Young Activism: This little girl proved age ain’t nothing but a number with her “Act Your Rage” sign today. (Photo via Dave Pockett/Getty)
10. Go-Getter: This sign showed what women REALLY dig for that starts with a “G”: GOALS.
11. Spelled Out: This little boy broke it down for us in terms he could relate to, and we wholeheartedly agree: “Witches ARE as good as wizards,” yo!
12. Respect My Existence: Seen on many various signs, this quote became something of a battle cry for the day.
13. Supportive Partner: Our favorite sign of all was not, in fact, held by a woman, but by her husband on her behalf: “I’m marching for my wife, she is taking the day off.” A man after our own hearts!
Which sign is your favorite? Share with us @BritandCo.
(Photo via Dave Pockett/Getty)