Men and women have flocked to Washington D.C. by the tens of thousands to stand up for women’s rights on Saturday, and they’re making sure the entire world can hear their calls for action. They aren’t alone though - hundreds of thousands more are marching in solidarity in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York, and other major cities around the globe in a peaceful protest to remind the world that women have just as much to contribute to making the planet a better place as men do.
Popular musicians have used their celebrity platforms over the past few weeks leading up to the Women's March On Washington to bring as much media attention to the noteworthy cause as possible. Many musicians continued to use said voices on Saturday during rallies around the country, including pop stars like Madonna and Janelle Monáe, who were two of the many noteworthy marchers who spoke earlier this afternoon in Washington D.C., with hopes of giving men and women around the globe something positive to believe in with their inspiring rhetoric.
“We will not remain hidden figures, we have names,” Janelle Monáe said during her speech to a roaring applause between statements. “We are complete human beings, and they cannot police us. So get off our areolas!”
Madonna also had some choice words to say for those who still think women are incapable of achieving great things. “Are you ready to shake up the world?” she asked the thousands of marchers near the U.S. Capitol Building. “Welcome to the revolution of love!”
Peaceful demonstrations continue throughout the United States on Saturday, as many will use today to hopefully bring others together in solidarity. Madonna and Janelle Monáe’s speeches can be watched in the videos below.