Women's March demonstrators at the National Museum of American History

I am not inclined to activism. It is not in my nature to be outspoken about issues. I express my views through my votes.

During events such as the Women’s March on Washington, I typically act as a neutral observer. Documenting, recording, reporting. Involved to the extent that I can help portray the events of a day, tell stories, and elevate voices.

However, for this event, I was both a participant and an observer. I believe deeply in equality for all races, genders, creeds, and sexualities, and the related issues that, when stitched together, create a just society.

The specifics of my politics are not important for this post, however. The day left an impression on me for a number of other reasons, most notably for the sheer number of people in Washington and around the world who peacefully gathered to express shared views.

The Women’s March was historic no matter how you slice it: It was the largest demonstration in United States history. Over 500,000 people demonstrated in Washington alone. More than one million people marched in solidarity around the globe at over 670 sister events.

It was equally remarkable in its peacefulness: Not a single arrest was reported the entire day in Washington, D.C.

Demonstrators even serenaded a D.C. police officer on her birthday.

I took hundreds of photos at the march, and I’d like to share the best ones with you. Browse the gallery below to see the a selection of images that show the diverse signs, scenes, and faces of the event. And if you attended a march anywhere in the world, be sure to tell me about it in the comments!

Disclaimer: Many signs contain foul language (including language spoken by the President of the United States). The sentiments expressed on the signs are meant to show the diversity of views represented at the march. They do not represent my personal views.

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Did you attend a Women’s March on January 21? Share your experience in the comments.

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Women's March Washington D.C.