A Viral Photo Of An Exhausted Dad And His Kids Highlights The Families That Participated In The Women's March

"It’s inspiring to see young and old coming together like this."

Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children gathered in cities around the world on Jan. 20 to mark the first anniversary of the Women's March, and continue the fight for gender equality across the globe.

Though the exact facts and figures aren't known just yet, The New York Times estimates 600,000 people attended the march in Los Angeles, around 300,000 people took to the streets of Chicago, and more than 200,000 protesters marched in the Big Apple.

Much like the inaugural march that took place last year, people of different ages, races, genders, religions, and more came together to fight for equity, and while social media is littered with photos from the impactful day, there's one candid snapshot in particular that has people hopeful for the future.

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That photo, above, was shared by Elizabeth McLaughlin on Twitter on Saturday and features two tired young girls sitting next to father on the subway with buttons on their jackets and signs in hand. McLaughlin, who is the founder of the Gaia Project for Women's Leadership, was struck by the picture's sentiment. 

"On the way home from the #WomensMarchNYC, across from me on the subway, was a single dad and his two daughters, exhausted. With signs, buttons, hats," she wrote. "Good men: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them."

Many praised the photo — which now has thousands of likes and retweets — for its sweet and powerful message, and one commenter who attended the march in San Francisco noted an apparent increase of dads at this year's event and explained awareness should start young. That seems to be a sentiment that is shared by many, as there were thousands of children marching with their own signs this year. Just check out the young boy, below, who protested in NYC.

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Michelle Bloom, a Washington D.C. teacher, marched in the nation's capital with her daughter Jenna, 14. Though Bloom had hoped to see more protesters this year, she told the New York Times, "It's inspiring to see young and old coming together like this."

An 11-year-old named Xenaya, who attended the march in NYC with her mother, told the publication that she came out because, "I want equal pay. And equal rights."

Though critics may that argue taking children (especially those who have several years to go before they can vote) to marches is pointless, the marchers believe that its crucial to empower young people and encourage them to stand up for what they believe in. 

As 13-year-old Harper who marched in Denver, Colorado told CBS News, "I think it's important for women my age because obviously we're the next generation. We need to know when to speak up and we need to know when to point things out and say that's really not OK in our society."

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