Before the Women’s March on Washington, there was a lot of talk about how men wouldn’t show up. There were stories about whether marching was “un-masculine” and handwringing over whether including “women” in the march’s name and branding was somehow exclusionary.
But in Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 21, 2017, men and boys of all ages came out in force to join the crowd. They marched with their friends, wives, mothers, sisters and on their own, proving that of course men are willing to be part of a women-led, women-forward movement. And of course men can be allies.
Here, 15 men who joined the Women’s March On Washington explain why it was important for them to participate.