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Required Reading: Women’s March Posters

The largest protests in US history took place yesterday, and people’s sign creativity was on full display.

A sign from the NYC Women’s March (photo by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Yesterday, over three million (and some say over four million) people joined the Women’s Marches across the United States and the world. They are believed to be the biggest protests in US history.

An NYU psychology professor Jay Van Bavel collected the protest numbers in a Google doc, and his estimate is a total 3,667,305 people on the low side and 4,577,523 on the high side. That would suggest over 1% of the US population (maybe even 1.5%) marched yesterday, including:

  • DC — 500,000–1,000,000
  • LA — 500,000–750,000
  • NYC — 400,00–500,000
  • Chicago — 250,000
  • Denver — 200,000
  • Boston — 175,000
  • Seattle — 120,000–175,000
  • SF — 100,000–150,000
  • St. Paul/Minneapolis — 90,000–100,000
  • Madison, WI — 75,000–100,000

Here are some of the most creative and playful signs we spotted in person and on social media. I should mention that the New York protest had more handmade signs than I’ve ever seen in any protest.

Enjoy:

From the NYC protest (Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
From the NYC protest (Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
From the NYC protest (Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
From the NYC protest (Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
From the NYC protest (Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
From the Washington, DC Women’s Protest (photo by An Xiao Mina/Hyperallergic)
From the Washington, DC Women’s Protest (photo by An Xiao Mina/Hyperallergic)
From the Washington, DC Women’s Protest (photo by An Xiao Mina/Hyperallergic)
From the Washington, DC Women’s Protest (photo by An Xiao Mina/Hyperallergic)
From the Washington, DC Women’s Protest (photo by An Xiao Mina/Hyperallergic)
From the Washington, DC Women’s Protest (photo by An Xiao Mina/Hyperallergic)
From the Washington, DC Women’s Protest (photo by An Xiao Mina/Hyperallergic)

My fave ? #womensmarch #womensmarchonwashington

A photo posted by Shea ??? (@sh00k69) on

#womensmarchonwashington #womensmarch #fucktrump

A photo posted by @politico_trash on

One of my favs today #womensmarch

A photo posted by Jillian Steinhauer (@jilnotjill) on

& you’re damn right #womensmarchonwashington #populistmovement #washingtondc #marchforequality

A photo posted by Madeline García (@madeline_garciaaa) on

#womensmarchonwashington

A photo posted by Kristina Altepeter (@graceygirl) on

#womensmarch2017 #womensmarchonnyc #protestsigns #protest

A photo posted by Saul Chernick (@saulchernick) on

Repost from @sue_mcnally #womensmarch

A photo posted by Mary_Addison HACKETT (@mahackett) on

Required Reading is published every Sunday morning ET, and is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays worth a second look.

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