LWVBC member Celeste Landry (center in the above left photo) attended the Washington, DC Women’s Wave March on October 8, 2022 while in the area visiting family. Not surprisingly, this year’s march focused much more on abortion rights than the Women’s Marches of 2017 to 2020. Many people wore t-shirts emblazoned with 1973, the year of Roe v Wade. Much of the language on signs seemed cruder or more vulgar – less League-like – than in past years. Here is a sampling of some of the milder “Public Cervix Announcements”:
Regulate Guns – Not Ovaries
We are NOT Ovary-Acting
18 and Ready to Roe Roe Roe My Vote
Roe-vember is Coming
Nurses for Safe Abortions
Abortion Bans = Unsafe Abortions
This was also the first big Women’s March since Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. Some signs referenced her:
Ruth Sent Us HereWe Are Now Ruthless – Act Accordingly
Some marchers showed support for Iranians protesting women’s hijab requirement and the recent death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old, in the custody of the Iranian Morality Police (see above right).
Many of these signs no doubt also appeared at marches in Colorado. The Washington, DC march also featured calls for statehood.