53 Of The Most Powerful Images Of Women Protesters Of All Time
Women have had hundreds upon hundreds of reasons to carry protest posters since the dawn of time, whether it was for voting rights, reproductive rights, or most recently, against sexual predators holding powerful positions. What started with the first well-organized, not so peaceful protest for suffrage in as early as 1913, is now often supported by men also, who understand that feminism and related social issues are not some evil entity, but rather thinking of women as equals. Sadly enough, ladies still have to prove their worthiness to some.
To celebrate the strength and bravery of all the women and girls who have taken to the streets, stood up for their beliefs and gender equality, and stared down anyone who tried to get in their way, we've compiled the best photos of female social activists and protesters from around the world, and they're sure to speak to your renegade soul. They might even inspire you to get a protest sign in your own hands the next time you have a chance. Be sure to vote for the most powerful ones, and let us know if you've ever committed an act of defiance for a good cause in the comments.
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A Protester Holding A Sign For Women's Rights, 2017
Danuta Danielsson Hitting A Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag In Växjö, Sweden, 13 April 1985
Two Women Kissing During An Anti Gay Marriage Demonstration In France, 2012
Kathrine Switzer Was The First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon. When Organizer Jock Semple Realised A Woman Was Running He Tried To Tackle Her, 1967
A Demonstrator Faces Down A Riot Policeman During A Pro Democracy Protest In Santiago, Chile, 11 September 2016
A Girl Begging The Officers Not To Use Force Against The Protesters. Bulgaria, November 2013
Wow, this is in the center of Sofia. You can't imagine how long the protest times seemed to me. They went on for like, months, literally.
A Woman Sits In Front Of Riot Police Blocking The Road To Protect Protesters During The Anti-Government Protest In Seoul, South Korea, 24 April 2015
Young Pacifist Jane Rose Kasmir Planting A Flower On The Bayonets Of Guards At The Pentagon During A Protest Against The Vietnam War, 21 October 1967
Maria-Teresa "Tess" Asplund Stands Up To Uniformed Demonstrators In A Nazi Demonstration In Borlänge, Sweden, 1 May 2015
Gloria Richardson Pushes Away The Bayonet Of A National Guardsman During A Protest In Cambridge, Md., 1963
Her facial expression is like "get that thing outta here you fool!"
Zakia Belkhiri Takes A Selfie At An Anti-Muslim Demonstration In Antwerp, Belgium 2016
"Anti-Muslim Demonstration" is like Anti-human too. My goodness.
Marilyn Webb Holds Up A Sign As She Protests For Women's Rights In Front Of The Federal Trade Commission Headquarters While Policemen Look On During Richard Nixon's Inauguration Weekend, Washington, Dc, 18-21 January 1969
16-Year-Old Student, Lucie Myslikova Confronting A Neo-Nazi Demonstrator
Young Girl With Roller Skates Shows A Soldier In Derry She Isn’t Scared, Northern Ireland, 1969
Protester Ieshia Evans Is Detained By Law Enforcement Near The Headquarters Of The Baton Rouge Police Department In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, During A Demonstration Against The Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling, 9 July 2016
Polish Women Take Part In A Breastfeeding Is Not Obscene Protest In Warsaw’s Subway. In Reaction To A Ban Imposed By City Officials On An Art Project, Portraying Breastfeeding Mothers, 15 June 2011
Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst Is Arrested At A Demonstration Outside Buckingham Palace, January 1914
I was wondering if some of the real old time ones would show up. I know this is in Britain, but, look up Alice Paul and the jail door pin for the U.S. Inspirational.
An Israeli Woman Stands Up Against Police Brutality At A Protest In Tel-Aviv
A Woman Dances In Front Of Riot Police During A Demonstration In The Kadikoy Neighborhood Of Istanbul Against The Eviction Of A Squatted Building, 9 December 2014
Photo Of Saffiyah Khan Smiling At An English Defence League (Edl) Protester In Birmingham Was Snapped After She Stepped In To Defend A "Fellow Brummie"
Woman Campaigning For The Vote Is Restrained By Policemen, C 1910. British Women Did Not Win Full Voting Rights Until 1928
You got there in the end ladies!! So it will have been worth it!
Zulaikha Patel, 13, Along With Other Schoolgirls, Protests Racist Hair Policies At Pretoria Girls High School, South Africa, 2016
Racism toward adult people is a shame, but against kids? really? You need to have much hate (and time to lose) to bother creating rules about hair.
Feminists Are Burning Some Election Posters To Fight For Women's Suffrage. Photograph. Paris, France, 12 May 1935
Woman Yelling At A Cop During An Anti-Apartheid Protest, 1981
Haha! Look at her enthusiasm. Between that and the megaphone, the cop's ears must be ringing.
With Blood Covering Her Hand And Arm, A Woman Points At A Police Officer In Charlotte, Nc, 21 September 2016
Being in NC...this is powerful. Like all the images of course
A Woman Kneels Down And Holds Up A Feather While Facing Police Moving In To Break Up Anti-Fracking Protesters In New Brunswick, October 2013
Wow fracking... Look how far man's intelligence has come. Very disturbing.
Jasmina Golubovska Kisses The Shield Of A Police Officer In Front Of The Macedonian Government Building In Skopje, 5 May 2015
Woman Braves The Water Cannon In Turkey, 2013
Don't those things have like... a really, really high water pressure? Ouch.
Women Protested Against The Dismantling Of Policies To Confront And Care For Women Victims Of Violence In The City Of São Paulo, 10 August 2017
The intensity of everything in this photo is unreal. I cannot even begin to comprehend what these women go through in their countries. I'm in Canada, I feel so spoiled. :(
Indian Policemen Restrain A Tibetan Woman During A Demonstration At The Chinese Embassy. On The Occasion Of The Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day, New Delhi, 12 March 2008
Feminist Activists Protest On The Streets During A National Demonstration Called "Ni Una Menos (Not One Woman Less)" To Demand Justice For All Women Victims Of Gender Crimes And In Repudiation To The Murder Of Florencia Aguirre, A Nine Year Old Girl Who Was Strangled, Burned And Buried By His Father In The City Of Coyhaique, Valparaiso, Chile, 19 October 19 2016
English Suffragette Annie Kenney (1879 - 1953) Is Arrested During A Demonstration
A Woman Gestures To Riot Policemen During A Protest Organized By The Rally For Culture And Democracy (Rcd), Algiers, 02 July
Look at her face, so full of humanity--the man behind the plexiglass sees it too.
A Woman Yells At A Man Dressed As Adolf Hitler During A Protest Of Newly Inaugurated President Donald Trump At A Women's March Saturday, Las Vegas, 21 January 2017
many people outside of Europe dont fully understand what Hitler symbolizes to many different groups across Europe. Its NEVER a good idea to dress like him.
A Woman In Buenos Aires Protests With A Sign That Says “Stop Sexist Violence”
She stands there in the rain while everyone else just moves around her. My heart hurts for her, but this is where hope is inspired.
A Femen Activist, Sarah Constantin, Is Hanged From A Noose-Like Rope From A Paris Bridge To Call Attention To The Large Number Of Executions In Iran. Paris, 28 January 2016
See what this world has come to? People killing everyone and themselves for what? Power, money, bragging rights? When is it gonna stop?
Two Garment Workers Picketing, Circa 1909
They are adorable! Real ladies even at protest action.
A Member Of The “Women In Black”, An International Peace Network, Lays On The Ground Wrapped In A Plastic Bag, As A Sign Of Protest In Downtown Novi Sad, Serbia, 10 December 2005
A Woman Listens To A Rally With Her Mouth Taped Shut During The 'Justice For All' March In Washington, Dc, 13 December 2014
A Woman Stands In Front Of Police Officers As They Block Access To A Street During A Protest Against Proposed Labour Reforms In Paris, 14 June 2016
An Anti Government Protester Flashes A Victory Sign During The Clashes Between Protesters And Riot Police On Taksim Square In Istanbul, 22 June 2013
A Palestinian Woman Argues With An Israeli Border Policeman During A Protest Against Jewish Settlements In The West Bank Village Of Nabi Saleh
There's so much complication between Palestinian's relationships with not just Israel, but much of the middle east due to geography. I wouldn't see this picture as black and white as good versus bad.
A Turkish Riot Policeman Uses Tear Gas As People Protest Against The Destruction Of Trees In A Park Brought About By A Pedestrian Project, In Taksim Square In Central Istanbul, 28 May 2013
Masked Women Protesting Against Gender Violence During A Demonstration In Madrid For The International Day Against Gender Violence, 25 November 2015
Chinese Riot Police Watch A Muslim Ethnic Uighur Woman Protest In Urumqi In China’s Far West Xinjiang Province Following A Third Day Of Unrest, 7 July 2009
this is Eastturkestan. China calls it Xinjiang. People of Eastturkestan called Uyghurs. The women protested there because chinese government just killed 10'000 of Uyghur Men. i think i read somewhere her Husband and son were killed.
Demonstrators Remove Their Brassieres During An Anti-Bra Protest Outside A San Francisco Department Store
I don't see a single woman watching in support, just some lustful jerks hoping for a nip-slip.
Semi-Nude Indian Devadasi Women Shout Anti-Government Slogans During A Protest In Mumbai, 15 August 2010
An Afro-Ecuadorean Woman Argues With Police Guarding A Fence In Front Of The National Assembly In Quito. In Protest Of A Proposed Water Privatization Law That Could Impact The Country’s Indigenous Population, 5 May 2010
A Demonstrator Holds A Flower That She Says Is A Symbol Of Hope, 3 December 1999
i was looking at her hand which she was holding up and wondering: where is the flower?
A Woman Protester Waves The Victory Sign During Clashes With Military Police Near Tahrir Square, 17 January 2013
Police Arrest A Demonstrator Affiliated With The Occupy Wall Street Movement After She And Fellow Protesters Attempted To Cross The Brooklyn Bridge On The Motorway. The Arrested Woman Is Seen Screaming Out Her Name To Supporters On The Pedestrian Bridge Above Who Were Recording Names Of Those Arrested. This Portion Of The Bridge Is Not Intended For Pedestrians And As The Marchers Attempted To Cross, They Were Stopped Midway By Police. Hundreds Of Protesters Were Arrested, New York City, 1 October 2011
A Protest Led By Students For Justice In Palestine At The University Of Maryland, College Park, 2009
Learn your history. The US has distorted it due to Jewish-isaerli interests
A Woman Argues With Belarus Police Officers Blocking A Street During An Opposition Rally In Minsk, Belarus As Hundreds Of People Were Arrested Over Protests Against Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, 25 March 2017
I'm pretty sure she is not protesting but she just want to walk on that street...