Though there has been a lot of negativity swirling around Donald Trump through this election cycle, some protests against the Donald have been inspiring. (Wish we could say the same about Republicans who are only now withdrawing their support for him.) From art installations, to boycotts, to arm-in-arm blockades, women from all walks of life have come together to denounce alleged sexual predator Trump and his misogynist message. Here are some of the best protests women have organized in hopes of uniting woman—and all conscientious Americans—against the country’s foremost sexist.
Republican National Convention (July 17)
One of the most creative protests of the election cycle came during the Republican National Convention, with Spencer Tunick’s installation “Everything She Says Means Everything.” The piece involved 100 women (chosen from 1,800 who applied) standing naked, holding up circular mirrors aimed toward Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, home of this year’s RNC. As Tunick greeted the protestors that Sunday morning, he said, “This is for you and this is for our future. We will shine your light and power onto the RNC. We’re going to shine the light of women into this arena.” One participant said of the piece, “Holding up the mirrors with the other undressed women, it was really special. Seeing all the light reflected on all the bodies and faces. Everyone was so happy. We were proud.”
Rock Hill, S.C. (Oct. 5)
Sometimes the strongest protests are silent and simple. Rose Hamid, a flight attendant in her 50s, stood up silently at a Trump Rally in South Carolina, wearing a shirt that says “Salam, I come in peace” and a gold star, meant to call to mind stars worn by Jews in Hitler’s Germany. She endured taunts from the audience as she stood silently but was nonetheless eventually removed from the rally. The protest was a powerful statement from someone who is both a Muslim and a women, two groups that Trump has targeted throughout his campaign.
University of Pennsylvania (Oct. 11)
Students at Trump’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, responded to Trump’s retrograde ideas about women with an artistic protest. Organizer Amanda Silberling leads a group called We are Watching, which created colorful signs and stickers depicting a variety of female figures and placed them around campus in protest of Trump’s campaign. They call the protest “Your Body, Your Ballot,” and encourage women to vote against Trump and denounce his rhetoric. Silberling says, “We want to empower the voices of the people who Trump silences, and we want to show that many students at Penn, Trump’s alma mater, do not support his hateful behavior and rhetoric.” This is one of several actions led by We Are Watching this election cycle.
Trump Tower Human Blockade (Oct. 18)
Following the release of Trump’s “Grab them by the pussy” comments, and his denial of sexual assault at the second debate, hundreds of women dressed in black took to Trump Tower in protest. The women created a blockade of the Trump Tower entrance with a diverse group of protesters holding some of the best anti-Trump signs we’ve seen so far this cycle. Though this was the most widely covered event on the 18th, there were coordinated protests of a similar nature in cities across the country, blockading prominent Trump and Republican-related sites. The protests were organized using that apt hashtag #pussygrabsback.
Ivanka Trump Clothing Boycott (Oct. 20)
Throughout her father’s campaign, Ivanka Trump has tried to position herself as a feminist voice despite the misogyny spewing from Trump’s camp. Many women have had enough of that hypocritical position and are speaking with their wallets. San Francisco area businesswoman Shannon Coulter launched the #GrabYourWallet campaign, calling on stores to stop carrying Ivanka’s line of clothing and accessories, and calling on women to not buy the line or shop at stores that carry it.
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Michelle Obama’s Speech (Oct. 13)
Ever since her stunning speech at last summer’s DNC, Michelle Obama has been Hillary’s preferred surrogate when it comes to taking down Donald Trump. The First Lady delivered her greatest Trump takedown yet in mid-October, following the leak of Trump comments to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. During the speech, she said of Trump’s comments, “This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to—Democrat, Republican, independent—no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse." These powerful words set the tone for the rest of the half-hour speech, which will be remembered as one of the best of the 2016 election.