Activism

The Most Nerd-tastic Signs From Denver's 2018 Women's March

Carrie Fisher, still speaking volumes with a stare.
Carrie Fisher, still speaking volumes with a stare. Teague Bohlen

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"C'mon, this is getting embarrassing," says Chester Cheetah.
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5. "Fuck You, Cheeto Voldemort"
Sometimes, the most direct messages are the best. (Though Minerva McGonagall appreciates your use of the asterisks as a gesture toward decorum.)

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March or march not...there is no try.
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4. Yoda
For all the zen-wisdom that the little green Jedi master speaks in many of the Star Wars movies, he doesn't pop up on a lot of signs. But this one is the wizened muppet's take on the British motivational poster designed to be pasted all over London to help quell panic and boost confidence during the anticipated bombings during World War II. Stiff upper lip and all, even if you're made of felt and sound like Grover.

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Frodo looks a little shocked to be wearing that hat.
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3. "Good Always Triumphs"
What do you get when you combine Harry Potter, Frodo, and a group shot of protesters from last year's Women's March, all in pink hats? Inspiration, that's what.

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Now about that lasso...
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2. "In a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman."
Wonder Woman has been a feminist icon since Gloria Steinem picked up on DC's classic heroine for Ms. Magazine back in the 1970s. This quote, from the 1975 TV series starring Lynda Carter, captures the power and the magic and the heroic standard — and sometimes we all need to be reminded of our potential. 

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The kids are alright.
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1. "A Woman's Place is in the RESISTANCE"
Star Wars has its own significance in the signage of the Women's March, but for the second year running, Carrie Fisher is one of the most common faces of the movement. Which makes sense. She was a princess, she was a general, she was a senator and she was a leader. And always, she was a fighter. Fight on.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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