Faces of the March, Los Angeles 2018
This year at the Women’s March Los Angeles 2018, I met a number of amazing people. While I understand that this is widely covered event, I feel it's important to show the little pieces that make up the big picture. The numbers and signs make the headlines, but we seldom get a closer look at the force behind those signs. Thank you to everyone who spoke with me today. I am so grateful to have photographed you all.
SERENA- "I didn't march last year because I felt it wasn't intersectional enough. I felt like a lot of the people that went were not thinking about the further dimensions of where liberation and feminism really need to be. In removing myself from the conversation this last year and watching everything happen, I realized you can't change the conversation if you're not in it. You have to show up."
SARAH- "This is a very important march to me. I'm so excited to be here, hand in hand with my sisters to stand together in solidarity and build our strength up against gaps in pay wages, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. I too am a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, so something like that to me is very important. Justice needs to be called. The time is up for us to come together with amazing supportive men, unite, and take down the injustice that has come upon this world."
ANDRA- "I have been sexually harassed so much throughout my life and unfortunately, I think that's something that all of us here have experienced. I believe our government isn't accepting or helping us in any way whatsoever. I march to fix that."
JENNIFER- "I'm standing up to let the world know that I don't support this president. I don't think he was actually elected- I believe he was put in to power by foreign interference and other means. I'm opposed to sexual assault and all of the other things that this narcissistic, lying president stands for. I've been marching since I was 18. Last year's Women's March was the first time I saw more mainstream women protesting than I've seen at marches in the past. It used to be that only progressives and radicals would march. Now we're seeing middle-american mainstream women (who in the past didn't protest at all) coming out and protesting because they're so outraged."
TULA- "I'm marching for immigrant rights and the DREAM act. Undocumented women are amongst the most vulnerable in this country- especially with issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, assault in the work place, access to health care and reproductive choice.
HUMIRAH- "I'm marching against the Islamophobia displayed by the current government administration. My friends and I are trying to show that we too are a part of the women here. There's no difference between us. Whether she wears a hijab or you do...we're all the same."
NIKO- “I’m 13. I’ve learned from example. The women who raised me have shown that we can make a difference- no matter our age, gender, or how small our movement is.”
AMANDA- "This march started when I was 12. I've been going to marches for different causes over the years- pride marches, HIV marches, pro choice marches, and just general "what the hell is going on marches". In all the years I've been protesting, Ive never seen this many men at a women's related march (all of whom who have not just been dragged here by their girlfriends). Theres men here on their own accord with their own signs. I'm thrilled to have them be a part of it."
IVONNE- : "I've dealt with a lot of struggles simply because I’m Mexican. Living in a racist and sexist environment (where our world leaders are setting the example), I want the generations below me to have it better. I want women to be respected in all cultures. There's a lot of work to be done."
JULIA- 'I'm marching to protest this despicable president and congress and be a visual resistance to what's going on the world."
ALEXA- "I want to build a more female-forward future for my son. "
JOCELYN- "It's a beautiful thing that so many of us come here and realize we are all going through the same thing and that we all want the same end result.
JILL- "I march today for intersectionality, especially within feminism. We, as women need to allow the different fabrics of our identity to weave together to make up what feminism truly is. White women make up the majority of marches like this but white women also helped elect Trump and it's time to recognize that and look at the ugly truth. You can't show up in a pink "pussy hat" and a clever sign and think that's going to change anything. It's time we look passed our liberalism and see the racism and misogyny right in front of us, within our own homes and loved ones who look like us. Have those uncomfortable conversations, call out hypocrisy, do your research, VOTE, and take off those damn "pussy hats" because regardless of what's between your legs, if you identify as a woman, you are strong, you are brave, you matter, and you are in this fight. We are all in this together."