I went to the Women’s March in Columbia, South Carolina, because that is my home. I went because after tearing up at being able to vote for a woman for President of the United States, all I got in return was a promise of four years of blatant misogyny and bigotry. I went to join my voice with others who felt the same way, to show the world that the South is not a uniformed belt of racism and backwards values, to connect with a community I knew was there but had no idea was so large, friendly, and ready for action.
I went as a first step towards finding out what I can do to make this better.
On the way to the State House: “I thought [the shirt] was appropriate.”
USC students walking from Maxcy to State House
Anarchist equality flag marched on the side of the State House grounds
Media coverage of women gathered on the State House steps
Young boy shows off his sign on the State House steps
People from across the state converge on the State House steps
Protest and rain on the State House steps
Young girl holds up her sign she made herself
Crowd spills over the steps on both sides
SC Progressive Network volunteer leads crowd in chants for women’s rights, reproductive rights, equality, and peace
More people from all over the state joined the protest at the State House
Female Power on the State House steps
Friends customized a Make America Great Again hat into an anti-Trump message
“You can’t comb over sexism” part of protest on State House steps
Woman dressed in colors of Mexican flag protested Trump immigration policies
“I march for her…”
Southern feminists used classic labor imagery to organize during the protest on State House steps
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