Women’s March Vancouver: Our Favourite Feminist Signs

 

By Sarah Foot
@nothankstou

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. In Vancouver, we had a walk of our own that brought out people of all genders, abilities, and races to join in the world’s largest-ever recorded protest. As an action that started out as direct opposition to the tyrant, er, President of the United States, the Women’s Marches grew to encapsulate world wide concerns of systemic bigotry, racism, misogyny and ableism (to name a few).

Not only did the women* turn up, they demonstrated how thoughtful, whip-funny and truly nasty they are. Through signage, Vancouver showed the diverse identities and passions that course through the veins of our residents. We’ve collected a few signs here that demonstrate how sad, angry, frustrated folks can also be hilarious, poignant, and effective.

The Intersectional Standouts

Speakers did an incredible job of recognizing the reality our indigenous sisters face under systematic racism and misogyny. The normalization of the Highway of Tears, to the thousands of aboriginal women that are still missing without inquiry are just some examples of how identity and accessibility affect our exposure to violence. Thank you to those that welcomed settlers to the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations for the duration of the march.
Women* weren’t the only feminists that showed up. Folks of all genders joined to stand in solidarity with those who struggle with identity-based oppression.
We can’t either. The range in age was absolutely outstanding, from zero to 80. Seeing grandparents marching with their grandchildren was uplifting and inspiring.

from feminists, with love

In dark times, hope can be difficult to grasp. Although spurred by frustrations, the march had an air of inspiration and mutual betterment. Demonstrating to the world that we all deserve respect, and challenging ourselves as feminists to unlearn the problematic behaviours that we are socialized to maintain.

the clever crew

She knows how to keep her tiny paws to herself (unlike the new POTUS).

 

What do we want? Puns! When do we want them? Now!

the fired up

Making sure the march is family friendly. Thanks for censoring the dirty word.
Next verse: My neck, my back, misogyny is whack.

the woke ones

There has been widespread outcry after the exclusion of Black Lives Matter from the march and the subsequent erasure of discussions as to why. Although this is incredibly disheartening, signs like this provide a little hope.

the overarching sentiment

Naaaasty women unite!

 

Although creating these ah-mazing signs took thought and emotional labour, please don’t let the march be the end of your efforts. Posting a march selfie is fun, but isn’t feminist if your efforts end there. Do the necessary work of translating yesterday’s sentiments – so eloquently encapsulated on poster board – into substantive action. We owe it to each other.

 

Sarah Foot is a self-proclaimed nasty woman whose passions lay within accessibility and safety for all. Outside of her day-job at a local tech company, she can be found petting dogs, penning as much feminist critique as her mind will allow, and yelling at street harassers. You can follow Sarah’s strange life on instagram @nothankstou.