IN PHOTOS: The historic Women’s March on Washington

Santiago J. Arnaiz
Scenes from the historic Women's March on Washington, where hundreds of thousands converged in the US capital in defiance against President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Less than 24 hours after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, over half a million women and men took to the streets of Washington DC last Saturday, January 21, in protest against the new administration.

Leaders of the Women’s March on Washington called for policy reform and an end to gender-based and racial discrimination, invoking the spirit of global revolutionary leaders like Angela Davis, Malala Yousafzai, and the late Philippine Pres. Corazon Aquino in their fight to protect human freedoms.

In an official statement released by the organizing group, they quote Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., saying, “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

All photos by Santiago J. Arnaiz.

An hour before the Women's March on Washington was scheduled to begin, the streets and sidewalks of the US Capital were flooded with protestors making their way to the rally. Here are some protesters passing by the Washington Monument.

Over 500,000 protestors flocked to the US Capital to stand up against racial and gender discrimination, among other pressing issues, at the Women's March on Washington. They were joined by sister demonstrations throughout the United States and all over the world.

On this woman's shirt: 'Women who behave rarely make history.'

Age doesn't matter: here, senior citizens join in the protest.

A baby hold a mini-protest amidst the Women's March on Washington.

A woman hold a 'Stronger Together' sign – one used in campaign rallies for defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton – at the rally.

Protestors were very creative with their signs. This one depicts the US President Donald Trump having his way with Lady Liberty as the New York skyline burns in the background.
Santiago J. Arnaiz

A boy holds a sign saying 'Lil' immigrants matter.'

Fists up in solidarity –€” a gesture reminiscent of the Civil Rights Movement, reminding everyone that even in 2017, social inequality is still a pressing reality.

It wasn't just women who were wearing the 'pussyhats.' Here are some men attending the rally wearing them.

From Azkaban to the White House: Pop culture references, like this about Harry Potter, abound in protesters' placards.

An addendum to the Cyndi Lauper classic.

An African proverb on the back of a protester.

Princess Leia chained to Jabba the Hutt... wearing a MAGA cap.

The seeds have been planted.

Protesters young and old gather at a DC sidewalk.

A symbol of womanhood, held high and proud above the crowd.

A man holds out his hand to help a Muslim woman climb up a food truck to get a better view of the rally.

A protest selfie.

Lady Liberty spotted in the crowd.

Another powerful pop culture reference: 'Rebellions are built on hope.'