On Saturday, January 21, an estimated five million people marched worldwide to support girls’ rights and women’s rights in light of the regressive and dangerous language, planned policies, and proposed nominees for this new administration under Donald Trump. People from all walks of life, identities, and experiences attended with their action-provoking posters and pink “pussyhats” to stand up against the racism, bigotry, ableism, xenophobia, transphobia, and sexism perpetuated by Trump’s administration, including hundreds of Girls Learn International student leaders and alum from around the country.

Students protested in marches in many different towns around the country – like Traverse, MI, San Diego, CA, Rochester, NY, New Orleans, LA, Park City, UT – and marches in larger cities that saw attendance levels soar to 500,000-700,000 attendees – like Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and D.C. They were there to let the new administration know that this generation of youth activists will not allow leaders like Trump to diminish their rights and dictate how they think, as well as affirm that intersectional activism – as outlined in the official Women’s March on Washington organizers’ “Unity Principles” – must be at the forefront of our efforts as we move forward.

#WomensMarch through the eyes of girl activists - @msmagazine