2019 Boston Women’s March

Photo credit: Mark Emmons

Caption and text credit: Aaron Miller

7Marchers began gathering in the Boston Common at 10 a.m. in 30-degree temperatures. Photo by Mark Emmons

The 2019 Boston Women’s March was on Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Boston Common. Thousands were in attendance and various performers and speakers made appearances throughout the day on a center stage.

Actionnetwork.org posted on their website an excerpt from the official statement by the organizers of the event.

“It’s time to march again.
We are outraged. We are organized. They forgot that 5 million women lit the world on fire two years ago. On January 19, 2019, we’re going to remind them when we flood the streets of Boston and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us.”

1Hundreds of signs appeared in the crowd of the march and some, like the ones pictured, pointed fun at apparent relationships between world leaders. Photo by Mark Emmons

Controversial signs appeared in the masses at the 2019 Boston Women’s March. In the photo above, two signs reading “Trump’s Pooty Call” depicted a “romance” between United States President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Putin has been accused of swaying the 2016 United States presidential election in the Trump’s favor.

Max Feld, a freshman student at Emerson College, posted on the social media app “Snapchat” saying he was offended by this sign.

“Jokes about Trump and Putin and Kim Jong Un [having sex] are homophobic and perpetuate negative stereotypes of gay people even if they are rooted in hate for Trump,” Feld said.

6The 2019 Boston Women’s March had many individual “mini-marches” that consisted of people marching for their own personal beliefs. Photo by Mark Emmons

Marchers in the 2019 Boston Women’s March were advocating for rights of various peoples and ideas. Individuals sponsored signs saying “TRANS RIGHTS NOW” and “Feminism is the new wave.”

Pro-choice, transgender rights and gun safety were amongst the main priorities of the marchers.

3Nancy Murray [left] spoke to reporter Aaron J. Miller [second from right] about her past experience as a political activist. Photo by Mark Emmons

Nancy Murray has been an activist for 50 years. She marched in the 1960s for civil rights and has been active since. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has been to the all of the Women’s Marches in Boston. Murray said she thinks there is a division in the leadership of the women’s march movement and believes that the only way for things to change in Washington is for all parties to forget their differences and combine their strength to fight the real problem.

Murray held a sign that said “We march for the indivisibility of justice.” Murray said she is on the side of all people, not specific or individual groups. She said she wants peace in all aspects and corners of the world.

2A group of young political activists had a stand at the 2019 Boston Women’s March and encouraged young voters to stay educated and resourceful on what they were voting for. Photo by Mark Emmons

The two young political activists who set up the table pictured above said they attend as many political rallies or marches as they can. Their hope, they said, is to “educate the new voters” and to “help voters draw educated and thoughtful conclusions about today’s politics.”

The two ambitious men said they enjoyed talking to young voters and they are optimistic about the future of our tense political climate.

5Congresswoman-Elect Ayanna Pressley spoke at the 2019 Boston Women’s March on the stage (pictured in the left). Photo by Mark Emmons

United States Representative Ayanna Pressley leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts spoke at the 2019 Boston Women’s March.

The speakers spoke about the need for equality between men and women and minorities in The United States. Most said that they would not stop their fight for the equality until it was given to them.

4An exact number of people who attended the march is unknown, but sources say it was smaller than the two previous events. Photo by Mark Emmons