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Women's March

They wore knitted pink caps with pointy ears. They pushed strollers, walked arm in arm, wheeled chairs through dense crowds. They were there to exercise their First Amendment rights. By the end of the day, it had become the biggest demonstration in U.S. history.

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism created this archive documenting the Jan. 21, 2017 Women’s Marches around the country and the world to mark Women’s History Month (March) and International Women’s Day, March 8.

We invite you to explore our slideshows of Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles and other sister marches, watch Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s full speech on the Boston Common and our interviews with march participants, and read our timeline and participants’ narratives to see what people experienced on the ground, and more about the project.


Personal Essays and Project Narrative


Then and Now

Washington D.C.

The Women's March on Washington––the mother of all marches––marked the second busiest day in the history of the nation’s capital, with 500,000 women, men and children congregating on and near the National Mall as the nation's top celebrity activist feminist icons rallied the crowd.

Boston, MA

A sea of pink hats flooded downtown Boston as 175,000 marchers broke the record for the largest gathering ever on the Boston Common, and that’s saying something––dating back to 1634, it’s the oldest city park in the U.S. Listen to Senator Elizabeth Warren's entire speech rallying the crowd, and watch interviews with women from the U.S. and abroad explaining why they were compelled to march.

See Video of Senator Warren Speaking at the Rally

See Interviews with Protestors during the Women's March

Los Angeles, CA

Beneath crystal blue skies, swaying palm trees and amid enviable winter temperatures, an estimated 750,000 demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles to participate in the Women's March. The City of Angels, with an abundance of artists, featured a strong mix of musicians, dancers and public art performances alongside activist and feminists of all stripes and colors, including a group of women on motorcycles who got the march started with a thunderous roar.

National & Global Sister Marches

From Texas to Tel Aviv, 673 sister cities took to the streets––and even an Arctic trail––on all seven continents. The Women's March was the largest single-day demonstration recorded in U.S. history, with over 4 million people marching in every single state – urban, rural, red and blue. 

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