Thousands of People United to Make a Difference

By Roxane Breard

Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:41 PM PDT

The 2018 Women’s March in San Francisco took place on Saturday, January 20th. Thousands of protesters began at the Civic Center Plaza and walked down Market Street to go to the Embarcadero. According to some news channels like ABC7news, KTVU or The Cut, between 50,000 and 60,000 gathered in the streets of San Francisco for a united  cause.  In 2017, many felt that the Women’s March was a reaction from the American people to Trump taking office. This year was different and might explain the decline of participants.

Dominican freshman Theresa Arocena was there and said, “It was really energetic and you felt this sense of solidarity. They were some places where you could dance; me and my friends were dancing with whoever was there.” She took pictures from the march, including shots of  signs made by the protesters.  Powerful slogans like “Celebrate Diversity,” “There is no limit to what we as women can do,” “Hear our voice,” “Immigrants are American,” or “Your silence will not protect you,” were seen on signs throughout the crowd. People where there to defend the issues they care about, such as women’s rights, equality, immigration or racism.

Protesters were not only gathered  in San Francisco; marches took place all around the US and beyond. For this occasion Natalie Portman delivered a speech in Los Angeles to demonstrate the difficulty it can be to a woman. She said, “Maybe mankind says and does whatever they want, but women cannot.” She also showed how difficult it is to be a woman in the cinema world and expressed her bad experience at age 13.  “I excitedly opened my first fan mail to read a rape fantasy”.

Women are still waiting for improvements and equality. The people will continue to fight for these important causes. Like Natalie Portman said,  “ [The] times up for violence …  times up on silence.”

Womens March 2018

Photos by Theresa Arocena

The 2018 San Francisco Women’s March was flooded with representation for every issue from voting at midterm elections, to protesting Trump and his presidency, to female empowerment and support for immigration. These are a compilation of moments for the purpose of trying to display the energy of those present.