THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON IN WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 21, 2017. PHOTOS: LILI PEPER.
On Saturday, millions of people around the world, in what was to become the largest protest in U.S. history, came together to demonstrate for the rights of women and marginalized groups in the wake of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. The Women’s March on Washington, the name a nod to the landmark 1963 march where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, brought 500,000 people to the American capital. Protests also formed in cities across the United States and stretched to all continents: groups organized in London, Toronto, Paris, Nairobi, Mexico City, and Erbil, Iraq, and even on a boat close to the Antarctic coast. An estimated 750,000 individuals marched in Los Angeles, and in Interview‘s hometown of New York, a group of 500,000 protestors left from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to convene at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. (Rihanna even made an appearance in the early evening.) In Washington, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and Janet Mock delivered rousing speeches; Madonna and Janelle Monáe were among the musical performances. Interview photographer Lili Peper was on the ground in D.C., capturing images from the historic day.