On January 20th, a new president was sworn into the oval office. The following day on January 21st, millions of people around the world joined over 600 peaceful protests and marches in support of women’s rights. The movement was called the PussyHat Project which had a large variety of people, mostly women, dawning pink pussy hats (essentially, pointy cat ears crocheted onto pink toques) in protest of what the new misogynistic government stood for. At the end of the day, the protests were seen as a success as public malls around the world were flooded, not just the in Washington, unifying the effort visually with a sea of pink hats. In Victoria BC, women’s voices were heard just as loud and proud at Centennial Square. This one particular shot was from behind one of the speakers rallying the day’s protesters before the its march. As luck would have it, I just happened to be walking behind the woman at just the right time just before she rose her hand in the air, at the end of her speech. I knew the moment I snapped this shot that the photograph would be very pleasing to the eye, with the light blue coat and complimentary pink pussy hat. But I literally had no idea how powerful the image was until I uploaded it to my computer a few hours later. It was then that I saw what was really captured. A moment of strength and unity which was reinforced by the faceless, blurred-out protesters in the distance who cheered the speaker on before she left the stage. The march went on throughout the streets, with the protesters supported by both men and children alike. It was a day that Victoria, and the world stood tall, while standing up for women’s basic rights in the year 2017.
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