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Signs of Creative Resistance at the 2018 Women’s March

Over a million people around the world protested the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration, and many showed up with great signs, the greatest in fact, these are definitely some very very great signs.

One of the most impressive displays at the New York Women’s March was by We Make America. I asked Deborah Stein about how it all came together: “The signs were made by us … Julie Peppito was a driving force as was Joyce Kozloff, Rachel Selekman, Nancy Chunn, John Schettino, and I and about 30 other people collaborated and came up with these ideas. We had so many working ideas we just decided to do them all and stage them together: Pussy Gate, big cats, the Big Blue Waves as a call for people to vote in the midterms, women surfers and the bald eagles and naming victims of police brutality — as well as all the progressive women candidates we knew of to write on the signs. We basically just decided to have the waves storm the pussy gate!” (photo by Deborah Stein)

US President Donald Trump sure seems popular, but not in the way he wants, as yesterday’s Women’s Day March around the world attracted huge crowds to protest the current administration’s one-year anniversary. It’s been a long year for many of us, and the streets were full with the signs of creative resistance, including over 500,000 people in Los Angeles, 300,000 protesters in Chicago (which was more than last year), 200,000 in New York, and 80,000 in San Francisco.

Creativity was on full display, and we gathered some of the best we found from our friends, colleagues, and readers from around the world. Feel free to post your own sign in the comments.

The future definitely looks female.

One of the most impressive artist-led displays at the Women’s March in New York was We Make America’s “Pussy Gate/Time’s Up!” display along with the “blue waves.” (photo by Deborah Stein)
A view from behind at the We Make America display (photo courtesy Ayn S Choi)
From the march in Denver (photo courtesy Anna L Kaye)
From the march in Denver (photo courtesy Anna L Kaye)
A sculpture at the San Francisco Women’s March (photo courtesy Elaine B. Arnoux)
From the march in Denver (photo courtesy Anna L Kaye)
From the New York march (photo courtesy Susan Sechler Luss)
From New York (photo by Young Sun Han)
From New York (photo by Young Sun Han)
From the New York march (photo courtesy Karen Holt)
From New York (photo by Young Sun Han)
From the Houston March (photo by Brittany Carney/Tiny Mum Photography and used with permission)
From the Houston March (photo by Brittany Carney/Tiny Mum Photography and used with permission)
From the Houston March (photo by Brittany Carney/Tiny Mum Photography and used with permission)
From the Houston March (photo by Brittany Carney/Tiny Mum Photography and used with permission)
From New York (photo by Young Sun Han)
Signs at the Park City, UT, protest during the Sundance film festival (photo courtesy An Mina Xiao)
A protester at the Park City Women’s March during the Sundance film festival (photo courtesy An Mina Xiao)
From New York (photo by Young Sun Han)
From New York (photo by Young Sun Han)
A shrine on wheels with photographs of heroines, inspirational sayings, fruit, herbs, plants, and other things, which was at the LA Women’s March. (photo by Lyra Kilston)
From New York (photo courtesy Emily Roz)
Signs in Santa Fe, January 21, 2018 (photoby Corinne Kratz, courtesy Cory Kratz)
Trump-related sign at the Chicago march (photo by Claire Voon/Hyperallergic)
Mike Pence-related sign at the Chicago march (photo by Claire Voon/Hyperallergic)
Jenny Roesel with her sign at the Cincinnati march (photo courtesy Bob Schwarz)
In New York (photo courtesy Dennis Kardon)
From the Atlanta Rally (photo courtesy Michelle Zupan)
Protest signs by M. Louise Stanley in Oakland, CA (photo courtesy M. Louise Stanley)
From New York (photo courtesy Dennis Kardon)
From the New York protest (photo courtesy Kat Chamberlin)
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