30 fiery and feminist signs from the 2019 Women’s March in Pittsburgh

From reproductive rights to bridges and walls — here’s what Downtown marchers had on their minds.

An inflatable Statue of Liberty leads the Pittsburgh Women's March on Jan. 19, 2019.

An inflatable Statue of Liberty leads the Pittsburgh Women's March on Jan. 19, 2019.

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Amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, many at the Pittsburgh Women’s March on Saturday railed against President Donald Trump’s divisive proposal for a border wall.

Marchers walked behind a sign reading “Women’s March on Washington — Pittsburgh: Building Bridges Stronger Than Hate.” Chants of, “No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here,” and “Build bridges, not walls,” echoed along Fifth Avenue.

A giant inflatable Statue of Liberty led the march, which began at the City-County Building and ended in Market Square, a popular place for women’s activism for more than a century. Scores of marchers braved the cold and a forecast snowstorm. Police told march organizer Tracy Baton that 1,000 people attended, but she said the crowd swelled in the rally at Market Square, estimating a total of 10,000 there. The 2018 march drew 30,000 people.

As the national Women’s March on Washington, D.C. faced accusations of anti-Semitism and a splintering coalition, Pittsburgh organizers distanced themselves and pushed for inclusivity.

Speakers, from politicians to candidates to activists, bookended the march. Many appealed to those gathered to vote in the spring primary and in the 2020 election, encouraging those gathered to pay attention to local elections.

Here are 30 signs spotted at the march.

Messages from Pittsburgh

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Some rallied behind reproductive rights.

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Others took aim at POTUS.

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Of course, there were cameos…

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… and men marched, too.

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Another refrain: Vote. Run.

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And calls to lift up all women.

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