Photo Essay: The Women’s March on Washington
- by Shala Graham
On January 21, 2017, women from all over the country descended on Washington, DC in a unified voice for women’s rights. At first, I hadn’t planned on marching because I already had plans for the day. But the Sunday before the March, one of my best friends passionately impressed upon me that seeking justice, defending the oppressed, giving a voice to the voiceless is woven into the core of Judaism and Christianity. This march wasn’t about a particular man in power, but it was our Christian duty to advocate for the poor and marginalized.
I found myself pouring over scriptures about God’s perspective on justice and what He expects of those in power. It didn’t take long for me to decide that I could not stand on the sideline, but I had to get in the game. It also reminded me why I chose to build brands for nonprofits and ministries. It is a part of my duty to strengthen their voice and reputation so that they can create opportunities for the forgotten, educate the underserved, and give hope through the gospel.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.- Isaiah 1:17
Armed with my camera, I sought to capture the passion and creative expressions of the hundreds of thousands of women and men who joined the march for a variety of reasons. Below are a few of my favorite photos. You can view all 150 photos here.