Scenes from the Women's March Leila Chabane and Sophia mUys

The second annual Women's March took place on Saturday, where people across the country gathered to march in support of women's rights. An estimated 100,000 people marched in San Francisco, where The Paly Voice talked to women and allies about why they chose to march.

A young woman holds up her sign, which reads "viva la mujer", or long live the woman, as she marches. Many marchers had messages written in Spanish, and signs that supported immigrants' rights, particularly the young people participating in the threatened DACA program [Differed Action for Childhood Arrival], which grants immigrants who were brought illegally into the country at a young age protection from deportation other essential rights. The program is threatened under the Trump administration, which pledged to end the program in October of 2017, despite the majority of Americans' support of the program. Photo: Sophia Muys
Benny and her daughter Annie, who refrained from giving their last names, wait to catch the BART train that will transport them to San Francisco's Civic Center, the starting point of the march. They moved to the Bay Area from the United Kingdom last year, and are attending their first Women's March. "We wanted to make our voices heard," Benny said. Annie proudly displays her sign, inspired by the Cindy Lauper song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.""What kind of fundamental rights are we talking about?" said Benny."Freedom to do stuff." Annie said, with a smile on her face. Photo: Leila Chabane
Cable cars were used to transport protesters who wanted to participate but were unable to march on foot. Photo: Sophia Muys
two women make a last-minute sign as the march begins. Photo: Leila Chabane
Palo Alto High School senior Amelia Straight, freshmen Amanda McVey and Elise Adamson, and Mountain View High School sophomore Jehan Rasmussen [in order from left to right] stand in a BART station, at the bottom of the steps leading to the entrance of Civic Center, where the march began. "We came because we wanted to be a part of this big movement advocating for women and feminine-presenting people's rights and equality," Rasmussen said. "We are standing up for not only women, but women of color, people of the LGBT community, immigrants, everyone," Straight said. Rasmussen explained the meaning of their sign [not pictured], which read "intersectionality or bust." "Most of the time, the protests you see and the laws that are passed are for cis [-gender] white women, and intersectionality supports the civil rights of all women," they said. Photo: Leila Chabane
This group of young people were some of the few people leading the protesters in chants. The more subdued nature of the march contrasted with the electric atmosphere of the 2017 march. Photo: Leila Chabane
An array of interesting signs were on display. This marcher took inspiration from the concert posters of the 1960s. Photo: Leila Chabane
The overwhelming color at the march was pink, a color historically associated with femininity. Photo: Sophia Muys
The girl’s sign reads, “Marching for my Future.” She is part of the generation of young people who will grow up under the Trump administration. Photo: Sophia Muys
The march was largely peaceful and safe. There were many children marching alongside their loved ones. Photo: Leila Chabane
A young girl sits above the sea of marchers. Photo: Leila Chabane
Jessica Stewart, who works at the software company Box as the head of the African American employee resource group, spoke about what inspired her to march. "I went to an event that had Alicia Garza, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, speaking, which was incredible, and it made me want to do more things like this," Stewart said. Photo: Leila Chabane
Stewart's sign, which reads, "52% of white women voted for Trump," was a reminder to others who support the women's movement to be inclusive of all women, she said. "A lot of the criticism I heard last year about this march was that it was a lot of white women congratulating themselves, and that it wasn't very inclusive," Stewart said. "We should have a movement that centers all different types of women." Stewart expressed happiness at the diversity of people scheduled to speak at the rally held at the Civic Center plaza, which preceded the march. "I saw the speaker list for this year, and it was much better [in terms of diverse voices]," Stewart said. "They had trans women, and they had black women ... which is especially important because San Francisco is so white." Stewart also mentioned that she has noticed a disturbing discrepancy between the Bay Area and other parts of the country in terms of a racially diverse workforce and population. "I'm from the East Coast, where it's a lot more diverse," Steward said. "And I speak to people here about that, and they say 'oh, we see black people,' to which I say 'no, I mean like integrated into the economy, not homeless on the street.'" Photo: Leila Chabane
The last Women's March empowered many to form groups such as Indivisible, a network of anti-Trump groups across the country. They organized protests that proved essential in preserving the Affordable Care Act in 2017. Photo: Sophia Muys
This protester wore an outfit reminiscent of Rosie the Riveter, a propaganda campaign born from the need for women to become factory workers during World War II. She has been a symbol of the feminist movement since the 20th century. Photo: Sophia Muys
The march centered around issues of women's rights, the push to reinstate DACA, and environmental issues, to name a few. On its website, the march puts forth a platform of intersectionality; a principle stating that all issues social justice are women's issues as well. Photo: Leila Chabane
Musicians Marylin Letchworth, a fourth generation San Franciscan, and her husband Jim Letchworth, who is native to Berkeley, sang and played the mandolin as marchers walked by. The song was a modified version of one of the activist folk singer Woody Guthrie's protest songs, "All You Fascists Bound to Lose," where they replaced 'fascists' with 'trumpies'. "The original phrasing would still be appropriate" he said. Marylin Letchworth went on to mention what the march meant to her. "At least we can do this [march]," she said. "I've been feeling so helpless recently, but marching is really empowering, and it shows that a lot of people are thinking the same thing we are." Photo: Leila Chabane

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