Celebrating Women This Week

Women's March on Washington Tattly temporary tattoos

It’s inauguration week, and the Women’s March is this Saturday. How are you feeling? It’s stirring to see all the ways people are getting involved — making posters, informing themselves, traveling to D.C. Here are six things that have us fired up, including these Tattly temporary tattoos, above, which will be available from different ambassadors later this week.

Women's March on Washington

Illustrator Samantha Hahn created eight different versions of this beautiful poster for Cup of Jo readers. You can download them here. Since signage on sticks is prohibited at the march, you could always mount a sign on foam board and then carry it loud and proud.

Women's March on Washington downloadable posters

Steve Green, who co-owns the Portland store Field Trip, gave the Hillary Clinton slogan “I’m with her” a new life on posters for the Women’s March. (How great is that type?) If you live in Portland, you can go to Field Trip on Friday to pick up a free one, or you can download and print them in two different sizes here. (Find more great posters here, here and here.)

Women's March on Washington books

A galvanizing list of 27 books we can read to better understand the world around us. I’m currently reading this, and I really loved Lindy West’s smart and funny memoir on gender politics and fat shaming. (She read a great excerpt on This American Life.)

Women's March on Washington

Here’s the front page of the New York Times from Martin Luther King Day. Notice anything awesome? Edited by Carolyn Ryan, the page featured stories written by eight diverse female reporters. “Happened mainly by chance but still made me happy,” Ryan said. Zoom in, if you’d like.

Women's March on Washington

Remember seeing the Obama HOPE poster everywhere eight years ago? A new Kickstarter project, by street artists, including Shepard Fairey, intend to “disrupt the rising tide of hate and fear in America” with powerful and optimistic images. For example, this pack of stickers and badges is available for a $25 donation.

Lots of love to everyone! Here’s our Women’s March cheat sheet. Will you be marching in Washington or elsewhere on Saturday?

P.S. Raising race-conscious children, and on being a feminist.

  1. Kathleen Souder says...

    I’m so disappointed that as a pro life feminist, my presence isn’t welcome at the women’s march. I Am heartbroken to not have a political home, and am heartbroken that a March that is supposed to be uniting won’t accept a fellow woman’s beliefs.

  2. I am marching in Washington DC tomorrow. I will not march because of one issue in particular, but because I feel that the rhetoric that we have heard from the man who now leads our country is full of anger and loathing towards all who are not like him – be they female, of a different race, religion, etc.

    I believe that to lead a country, you should speak with respect towards all who live in this country. After all, you are not only a leader of a few like-minded individuals, and ALL human beings deserve respect. How we treat our citizens speaks volumes about what kind of country we are. I march because I believe we are worthy of something much better than what we have “won” in this election.

    Some may disagree with certain aspects of the march’s platform. But I imagine that most here will agree that working together (despite our differences) will help ensure better possibilities and a more just and peaceful future for all.

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  3. What an incredible round-up! Joanna, you’re my hero. I feel inspired to share my own set of reads/causes that celebrate women.

  4. Linda says...

    All women and their male allies are welcome. It’s important to stand together in solidarity. I do not support abortion, but
    I support women, the power of women
    I am against sexual violence and sexual predatory behavior.
    I am against bigotry, misogyny, racism, and division.
    I am for women, girls, families, people. We all have dignity.
    This march is bigger than a single issue. Women and their allies must stand together and enter into this however they can.

  5. Rachel says...

    I am all for women being heard but when I’m told I’m not welcome to march because of one issue (my pro-life stance), I begin to question the motivation. If “I’m with her and her and her”, does that not include me? Since when do we all have to fit in the same mold to be included and support one another.

    • Totally with you on this! I am pro-life! If its about choice – then can we give the unborn a choice? What if the unborn is a girl? Then do we respect her choice to live?! I would feel very excluded from this march too!

    • Liza says...

      I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t be “with” a woman who is anti-choice. No exceptions. It is your one issue, but it’s mine too. You’re welcome to march for whatever issues you want, but I am not with you.

    • I am saddened to hear that you were told you’re not welcome!

    • Rachel says...

      Liza– I’m really saddened to hear this because I am for you. I feel you have a right to your views and the same respect should be given to those who have different ones. Pro-life does not equal anti-woman. I’ve spent years working as a lactation consultant in the inner city helping and listening to women’s stories and was a newborn nurse for years prior to that. I am pro-woman. I believe there is a choice to use birth control and that is should be accessible. Once another life is involved, I become an advocate for both the mom and the unborn child. I do not push or coerce my beliefs on others. I offer support when asked/needed.

    • Ali says...

      Just as I am pro-choice but not pro-abortion (I don’t think anyone is really “for” abortion), I would hope that people feel they could be pro-life but not anti-choice. Though an abortion wouldn’t be the right choice for me personally, I can’t imagine imposing my own personal beliefs on anyone, especially since I don’t think it’s a choice women ever make lightly or happily. I’d rather expend energy making birth control affordable and accessible, sex ed comprehensive, and options available to every woman, and that includes abortion, if she so chooses.

    • Christie says...

      I wholeheartedly agree with Rachel. I am proud to be a woman and stand for all that women are and the power and magnitude we contribute. It seems that something has gone wrong though, when other women are ostracized by not subscribing to certain views. While I lean towards pro-life, I 100% understand circumstance as well as everyone having the choice to make a sound decision for themselves at such a delicate time in one’s life. I 100% don’t understand telling other women who don’t agree with you they are not welcome, and then retracting saying it was an “error”. Seems like we should all be a little better than this, especially when the premise is apparently meant to celebrate diversity and equality for all.

  6. Love these – Thanks!