NYC Women’s March: Rise & Roar

BY AMANDA MOSES

On January 18th, the fourth annual Women’s March took place in Manhattan despite the freezing temperatures and first snowstorm of the New Year.

Just before the snow flurries began to fall, a sea of pink hats descended upon the march’s starting points, which was at both Foley Square and 72nd Street and Central Park West. Thousands gathered at both protest locations, many of whom created signs voicing a wide-variety of concerns while walk-ing through Manhattan, con-verging at Times Square.

The March was developed in 2016 with the premise that Women’s Rights are Human rights, and vice versa. This annual rally was held throughout the United States (in about 200 cities) and allowed protesters to gather together to share their trepidations about our society and environment. Some of these issues include: ending violence, pay equality, reproductive rights, environmental justice, and plethora of other topics.

This year’s slogan was “Rise and Roar,” and the thousands of participants made sure their voices were heard. According to the Women’s March official website, “Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”

Photos by Amanda Moses