The Women’s March: A Playlist
Crowds on all seven continents gathered in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington yesterday. The final counts are still coming in, but initial tallies show hundreds of thousands gathered in protest. From Los Angeles to London, from Dallas to Denver, the turnout was staggering. Across the generations, support was shown in a myriad of ways; some marchers dressed as Suffragettes (and pointed out that we’ve already done this) while others sported pink hats knitted just for the occasion.
The music community showed up in force as well. Among the hoards was Rihanna in New York, Billie Joe Armstrong in Portland, as well as Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz/Sad13, Madonna, and members of The National in Washington. Others members of the community, like Julien Baker, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Haley Williams of Paramore, all tweeted messages of love, solidarity and support, echoing the importance of standing together and staying safe.
And that’s exactly what happened. Across the country, reportedly no arrests were made. This morning every other front cover showed the proof. Today all the newspapers and magazines depict sprawling masses hoisting signs that demand everything from fair treatment to equal rights to impeachment.
A day later, the din of protesters’ chants and rallying cries can no longer be heard and the crowds have dispersed, but one thing is abundantly clear. The movement isn’t going anywhere. With their historic turnout, the participants in the march showed that they’re committed to the cause. They won’t be silenced. They won’t be seated. They will be heard.
For everyone that was there (in body or in spirit), today is also a day to rest and recuperate. A moment to put up our tired feet, to soothe our hoarse voices with some well-earned tea, and to plan our next move. For tomorrow is it’s back to the fight.
Here’s a playlist to rally to, to inspire you. Stay nasty.
12. “No Girls Allowed” by Rainbow Girls
11. “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce
10. “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” by Tracy Chapman
9. “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill
8. “Modern Girl” by Sleater-Kinney
7. “Just One Of The Guys” by Jenny Lewis
6. “Givin Em What They Love” by Janelle Monáe (Feat. Prince)
5. “Black Me Out” by Against Me!
4. “People Have The Power” by Patti Smith
3. “None Of Your Business” by Salt-n-Pepa
2. “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado
1. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin