Science Stands in Solidarity at the Women’s March

The Women’s March turned out an estimated 2.5 million around the world. Many of the marchers were scientists standing for human rights and reason.

On January 21st, the Women’s March became the largest inaugural protest in history. 673 marches around the world brought together over 2.5 million women and allies in solidarity. The mission of the nonviolent movement was simple:

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

Nothing felt sacred during this last election cycle. A respect for science was no exception. Facts and evidence fell under attack — from the stubborn denial of anthropogenic climate change to the questioning of vaccination safety. Moreover, xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and misogyny became a part of mainstream political discourse, providing a public platform for hate and fear. And so scientists — often averse to political action — turned out to add their voices to celebrate the diversity that breeds creativity and demand respect for the scientific practice.

The March partnered with a number of science, health, and tech-focused organizations including: the National Resource Defense Council, Girls Who Code, Doctors for America, and Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network. Here, I wanted to share my favorite photos from the Women’s March with you all.

A gaggle of scientists from our very own Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA) at the Tri-I

From the 500 Women Scientists Tucson contingent.

Sporting lab coats and shattering stereotypes

Showing lots of science love at Women’s March: Antarctica. Signs spotted: “Penguins for Peace” and “Seals for Science”

Marching for facts

Spotted in Madison, WI via #USofScience: “The climate is changing. Why aren’t we?”

Heard through scientist and activist, Lucky Tran

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