Today, the New York Times published images of the Women’s Marches in places all around the world.
The pictures are really quite amazing, in particular those from places like Chicago, where there are throngs of people. The mass of humanity that showed up to protest the first day of the Trump Administration is awe-inspiring.
I was drawn to the more intimate photographs, where you can make out individual people. And as I was scrolling through them, the thing that struck me, the thing that I noticed they all had in common—there are men and boys in nearly every photograph.
In Nairobi, a man with a white scarf and a plaid hat, one defiant fist in the air.
In Philadelphia, a smiling man, on his shoulders, a young girl in a pink coat and purple hat and pants with a sign that says “be a President for everyone”
In Toronto, a man in a grey hat with a yellow sign proclaiming “No hate. No fear.”
In Eugene, Oregon, a man in a yellow coat flying the flag upside down, the signal of distress.
In Indianapolis, a yelling man with a “he for she” sign held high in the air.
And my personal favorite, in Salem, Oregon, a man in a blue hooded jacket with a sign reading “I’m not usually a sign person but geez.”
Men with their wives, mothers, and daughters, certainly. But also men alone. Men with the brothers, fathers, and sons. So many men and boys, standing up for women.
I am moved by every one of them.
To all the men and boys who stand up for women and girls, today and every day, thank you.
Photo credit: Michael Kasdan