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Millions of Spanish Women Went on a Feminist Strike

An estimated five million women across Spain joined a historic strike to mark International Women's Day.

by Laura Muriel, and Ana Iris Simón; photos by Mònica Figueras, and Silvia Varela
09 March 2018, 9:00pm

Photo by Mònica Figueras

This article originally appeared on VICE Spain.

On Thursday, March 8, an estimated five million Spanish women took part in the country's first nationwide "feminist strike" to mark International Women's Day. A special committee was set up to organize the 24-hour worker's strike with the support of powerful trade union groups and some of the country's most prominent female politicians.

Under the slogan "Together We Are More," organizers say that 2 million people took to the streets of Barcelona and Madrid, while millions more gathered in the rest of the country. They all came out to protest the same crap women around the world have always had to put up with—pay inequality, sexual discrimination, and domestic violence.

The sign reads: "The opposite of feminism is ignorance."

The protests featured women of all ages and backgrounds, carrying signs and chanting slogans like "if women stop, the world stops;" "feminism has never killed anyone, but sexism kills every day;" and simply "Love yourself."

Photographers Silvia Varela and Mònica Figueras took part in the marches in Barcelona and Madrid, and documented a day that Spanish women will always be proud of.

Scroll down to see more photos from the International Women's Day protests in Spain:

"Love yourself. Take arms and start a revolution"
"Feminism has never killed anyone. Sexism kills every day."
"We cry for those who no longer have a voice."
"We're neither submissive nor obedient. We are strong, independent, and brave women."
"I didn't come out of your rib. You came out of my vagina."
"Your sexism makes me sick."
"Women, let's take flight!"
"I've had it with so many sexists."
Signs from left to right: "No aggression without a response." "I believe you." "Together, free, diverse, feminist."
"I'm fed up."
"The revolution starts each time I hear a girl say that she loves herself."

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This article originally appeared on VICE ES.