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On Saturday, the fifth Women’s March took place in D.C. and in hundreds of cities across the U.S.
“We’re holding socially distant actions across the country to send an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat,” the Women’s March website read ahead of the October 17 march.
The day also seemed to be a chance for marchers to pay tribute to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 19. Marchers went past the Supreme Court building, some wearing face masks featuring RBG-inspired lace collars. One large sign displayed over the D.C. March read, “March to honor her seat.”
Many protesters shared their feelings about the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett and what it could mean for Roe v. Wade. Following the Senate hearings for Barrett’s confirmation, many reproductive rights activists have expressed concern over Barrett’s response when questioned about Roe.
“She will undermine our access to reproductive health care, to abortion from voting rights to climate change,” Goss Groves, of the National Women’s Law Center, told crowds in D.C. “She refused to even answer basic questions.”
Although Barrett’s nomination might highlight the fight for Roe in this country, protecting reproductive freedoms has been the underlying message at the Women’s Marches since the first organized even in 2017.
“Our rights are not up for debate, the Center for Reproductive Rights, a sponsor of the march, wrote in a press release then. “We will refuse to go backwards on access to reproductive health care for all women. The Women’s March happening in D.C. and across the U.S. marks the beginning of an unprecedented wave of action and civic participation that will not relent until our rights re respected.”
Here are some of the best social images from yesterday’s national marches.
Lots of tributes to RBG
My daughter and I attended the Charlotte Women’s Movement March to the Polls today. We honored RBG, voted 🗳 and stood up for what’s right. pic.twitter.com/bd2Hs5lkP0
— Scarlett Votes (@SDVoter3) October 17, 2020
Someone took the time to bring RBG a gift at her gravesite:
This brother-and-sister pair put together this shout-out to RBG and John Lewis:
Handmaids Tale costumes
Here are some more general scenes from the day, ICYMI
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