51 of the most powerful photo's of women marching throughout history

As women across the country gear up to to participate in a one-day protest on Wednesday, dubbed "A Day Without a Woman," the history of mass political actions organized by women continues.

It comes from the same group that organized the Women's March on Washington, one of the largest demonstrations in world history.

But these recent protests mark only a handful strides along women's long road to equality.

Over the years, women have marched for equality and rights time and time again, from the fight for the right to vote to the demands for equal pay in the workplace. Others fought back against states that wouldn't allow women to serve on juries and those that barred women from running for office.

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From the Suffrage Parade of 1913 to January's "Women's March on Washington," here is a look back of some of the most powerful photos in history of women honoring the legacy of marching to bring about meaningful change.

Stunning photos from women's marches through the years
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Stunning photos from women's marches through the years
Daisy Dugdale leading a procession, London, 1908. Wearing the suffragette uniform in the colours of purple, green and white, Daisy Dugdale leads a brass band. Such bands, and the singing of marching songs were a regular feature of suffragette demonstrations. Many went to prison several times for the cause of obtaining the vote for women. (Photo by Museum of London/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
The Women's Franchise Demonstration, London, 1910. From The Year 1910 Illlustrated. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
View of women from the Woman's Peace Party (later renamed the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) as they stand and hold a banner which reads 'Real Patriots Keep Cool' to demonstate against US involvment in World War I, probably Washington DC, late 1910s. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)
A flag carrier and two mounted marshalls (riding astride) in a suffragette march through London in support of the Women's Suffrage Bill, June 1910. One of the riders is prominent suffragette and later founder of the Women's Emergency Corps in World War I, The Hon Evelina Haverfield (1867-1920). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The 'Famous Women' Pageant of the Women's Coronation Procession, London, 17 June 1911. These suffragettes, dressed as notable women from the past, joined in the march and the rally in the Royal Albert Hall. The characters included Jenny Lind, the most celebrated soprano of her day; Grace Darling, a heroine who rescued survivors from a boat wrecked off the Farne Islands; Mrs Somerville, a science writer and advocate of higher education for women and women's suffrage, after whom Somerville College, Oxford, is named. (Photo by Museum of London/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
Grand Marshall Inez Milholland leads a procession of 30,000 marchers in New York during a suffragist parade.
(Original Caption) Twelve thousand Chinese from all part of the Metropolitan area closed their laundries and other businesses yesterday afternoon to take part in what Chinatown leaders described as the largest Chinese demonstration ever staged in the United States. It observed China's 'National Humiliation Day,' the annual holiday in which China's people pause to recall Japan's humiliating twenty-one 'demands' of May 9, 1915. The parade lasted from 2 PM to 5 PM. Four thousand well-wishers lined the route of march and contributed freely to their fellow men by throwing dollar bills and silver onto a Chinese Republic flag, which was carried by 100 attractive Chinese maidens. Chinese women, both young and old, turn out for the parade. Some were dressed in their native costumes, while others were attired in the latest American fashion. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
1917: Female troops march during the Russian Revolution. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Photo shows the Black Cross Nurses in the giant parade through Harlem which today opened the thirty-day annual world convention of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, backing the 'Back to Africa movement' and the 'Black Star Line' in New York. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
Mabel Vernon, Suffragist, Marching to White House, Washington DC, USA, 1917. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Some 15,000 women and girls, representing almost every women's organization in the city, marched down Fifth Avenue today on the first all-woman march since World War I, to spur the enlistment of 10,000 volunteer nurses' aides. Here blue capped registered nurses pass the reviewing stand at 67th Street.
(Original Caption) 3/1/1933-Lima, Peru: ORIGINAL CAPTION READS: These fashionably-dressed women of Lima are shown marching thrugh the main streets of the city singing the national anthem during the demonstration in favor of (_-missing word) Colombia, in which hundreds of thousands marched.
(Original Caption) 1943-Melbourne, Australia: Members of the A.W.A.S. (Australian Women's Auxiliary Service), counterpart of America's WAACS, shown in a snappy marching formation during a review held at a signal corps graduation here recently. They are shown 'eyes-right-ing' for Major General Cannon.
An African-American woman stands in a crowd and yells, 'Freedom!' when asked to yell so loud it will be heard all over the world at the March on Washington, Washinton, DC, August 29, 1963. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
2/5/1965-Marion, AL: Alabama State troopers 'frisk' Negro youths arrested during demonstrations here 2/4 prior to boarding them on buses. More than 130 were arrested. UPI TELEPHOTO (Original Caption)
Group of Women's Lib from Westchester marching down 5th Ave. August 27, 1970. (Photo by Vic DeLucia/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
1971: A woman in a spacesuit marching in a Women's Liberation parade. In America book (Photo by Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 1977-Havana, Cuba: A company of women soldiers marches along smartly during a recent parade in Havana. President Carter said 2/16 that he would be willing to resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba once it withdraws its 'mercenaries' from southern Africa and fulfills a number of other conditions, including respect for human rights.
Women marchers on Fifth Av. Shout their defiance to sidewalk hecklers (left). August 27, 1970. (Photo by Vic DeLucia/New York Post/Photo Archives, LLC via Getty Images)
Two smiling women stand outdoors and hold signs reading 'Vote Baby Vote' and 'Voting is People Power,' c. 1970. (Photo by Gabriel Hackett /Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 1978. Women RUC, Royal Ulster Constabulary, Women Police cadets marching on graduation day, RUC College, Northern Ireland, (Photo by Alain Le Garsmeur/Corbis via Getty Images)
Women Against Pornography (WAP) demonstrators march on Times Square, New York City, USA, 20th October 1979. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
Demonstrators in favour of abortion march from the Bastille to the National Assembly in Paris, in response to a call by French Socialist and Communist political parties. The demonstration comes in reaction to the announcement that the Veil Law, giving women the right to an abortion, is to be debated in parliament in four days on November 28. Signs carried by those marching read: 'One child, no child, ten children, if I want'. (Photo by Alain Nogues/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Pro-choice protestors at a People's Convention in New York City, before the start of the Democratic National Convention, 10th August 1980. One woman carries a placard hung with coat hangers and bearing the words 'Our bodies, our lives. Fund medicaid abortions n.o.w. N.Y.' (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
Demonstrators in favour of abortion march from the Bastille to the National Assembly in Paris, in response to a call by French Socialist and Communist political parties. The demonstration comes in reaction to the announcement that the Veil Law, giving women the right to an abortion, is to be debated in parliament in four days on November 28. Signs carried by those marching read: 'No church, no doctor, no state will decide for us'. (Photo by Alain Nogues/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
One of the CND peace marchers poses for the camera before starting off from Hearsall Common 26th May 1984 . (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
One of the CND protesters who marched through Coventry throwing the city centre into chaos. Seen here trying to keep dry and listen to one of the speakers at the War Memorial Park off Kenilworth following the march. 26th May 1984 Coventry was reduce to chaos as tens of thousands of marchers took part in a ban-the bomb rally. Anti-nuclear Protesters from all over the country arrived in the city on May 26th 1984 to take part in marches Massive disruption had been expected as many city streets were cut off and bus services thrown into chaos. Extra police were drafted to Coventry from other parts of the West Midlands to control the crowds. A massive police operation was launched masterminded from a city centre control room with 200 officers stationed along the routes of the marches. The campaigners marched from Edgwick Park, Gosford Green and Hearsall Common at noon - the routes forming the CND symbol. The processions converge at about 1pm on Coventry Cathedral, and then marched south to the War Memorial Park, Kenilworth for a rally. Speakers at the rally include Monsignor Bruce Kent, CND chairman Joan Ruddock, Professor E. P. Thompson, and Lynne Jones from the Greenham Common women's camp Police had been told to expect up to 50,000 demonstrators. But CND organisers thought the number were less than half than that because of the bad weather and the timing of the march two weeks before another rally in London. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
(FILES) This picture taken on March 08, 1985 in Manila shows former Philippine leader and democracy icon Corazon Aquino (2ndL), the wife of the slain opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., along with some 2,000 Philippino women, students, teachers, professionals and nuns marching to the official residence of President Ferdinand Marcos to hold a sit-in demonstration to protest against his 20-year rule during the International women's day. Former Philippine leader and democracy icon Corazon Aquino died on August 1, 2009 of cardiac arrest after battling colon cancer for more than year, her son announced. She was 76. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 1986/01/01: A row of nuns, arm in arm, march to show their loyalty to Corazon (Cory) Aquino during the 'People's Power' revolution that saw the ouster of Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. They are marching in the grounds of the military base, Camp Crame, where troops formerly loyal to President Marcos have joined the growing rebellion. After several days of violence, Marcos and his wife, Imelda, and other members of his family were flown by helicopters to Clark Air base en route to Hawaii. Ferdinand Marcos was never to return to the Philippines again. Cory Aquino became the new President with Doy Laurel sworn in as her Vice President.. (Photo by Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A National March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC, 9th March 1986. One pro-choice protestor holds a placard reading 'My freedom begins with my body'. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
Tehran, Iran: Basiji (mobilized volunteer forces) women in black chador march while carrying G-3 automatic assault rifles in a Tehran rally, 12th February 1987, towards the end of the eight year long Iran-Iraq war. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)
SEP 13 1987; Men, women and children marched in the take back the night march from Civic Center up Colfax to Emerson and back to Civic Center to protest crimes against women.; (Photo By Susan Biddle/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
View of an unidentified pair of marchers at the March for Women�s Lives rally, organized by NOW (the National Organization of Women), Washington DC, April 5, 1992. Visible signs include a number that read 'We Will Decide; Freedom of Choice Act.' The march was held as a response to a then-pending US Supreme Court case (Casey v Planned Parenthood) which was seen as a threat to the legal standing of 1973's landmark abortion ruling, Roe v Wade. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
A group of women march at the head of a crowd supporting Nelson Mandela for President. (Photo by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
View of marchers as they walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during a rally in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which guaranteed women the right to vote, Washington DC, August 26, 1995. Visible in the center background is the United States Capitol Building. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
238849 01: 'Ms.' magazine founder Gloria Steinem marches at the Women's Rights rally October 7, 1995 in New York City. The rally protested the arrival of Pope John Paul II, whose conservative doctrine on issues such as abortion, sex, and homosexuality contradict the ideology of many women's rights groups. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
371552 03: U.S. Senate candidate first lady Hillary Clinton, center, waves as she marches with New York State Senator Tom Duane, D-Manhattan, far right, and New York City councilwoman Christine Quinn, second from right, at the 30th annual Gay Pride parade June 25, 2000 in New York City. The parade commemorates the 1969 uprising at Stonewall Inn, which sparked the modern gay rights movement. (Photo by Chenghui Hsu/Newsmakers)
PARIS, FRANCE: A veiled woman displaying a banner reading 'My veil freed me' as she marches through central Paris on 07 February 2004 to protest against a government bill to ban the Islamic headscarf from state-run schools in France. Several demonstrators carried the red-white-and-blue national flag and one of them wore it around her head, to symbolise her attachment both to her religion and the French republic. The French National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, is scheduled to vote 10 February 2004 on a bill to bar 'conspicuous religious insignia' from state schools. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH: Women activists of Bangladesh main opposition party Awami League (AL) scuffle with police after being stopped from marching on a street during a day-long nationwide general strike in Dhaka, 12 February 2004. At least eight minor bomb blasts shook the capital during the strike called by AL to kick off a drive to oust Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's government. AFP PHOTO/Farjana K. GODHULY (Photo credit should read FARJANA K. GODHULY/AFP/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 8: Turkish women shout slogans during a World Women's Day march on March 8, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey. Women gathered in Istanbul under heavy police presence for the Women's day, following Sunday's forceful break up of a demonstration by police, marching along the Istiklal promenade to Taksim square, the main square of Istanbul. (Photo by Yoray Liberman/Getty Images)
Theater actress and women's rights supporter Monique Wilson (left) together with the officers of Gabriela lead the march towards Mendiola for the International Women's Day celebration in Manila. -- Thousands of participants marched to the Mendiola Bridge to commemorate the International Women's Day. Lead by Gabriela, a women rights group, the participants aired their disgust over the Aquino administration's alleged inefficiency to govern. (Photo by J Gerard Seguia/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - 2015/03/08: Thousands of women marched against discrimination, sexual abuse and violence on International Women's Day. Women demonstrators blamed government policies for the violence against women. (Photo by Basin Foto Ajansi/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A group of feminists held on the afternoon of Saturday, May 24, 2014 the fourth edition of the "march of bitches" in Soo Paulo, Brazil. The event aims to fight for women's rights and combating domestic violence. (Photo by Taba Benedicto/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images)
BLOOR STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - 2015/03/07: Thousands gathered in Toronto to mark International Womens Day with a large protest march, Capitalism bad for women. The main themes of this years march were fighting for the rights of aboriginal women and raising awareness about sexual violence and racial discrimination. International Womens Day has been celebrated for more than 100 years. Torontos march is the largest in North America. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 21: Thousands of people march up Queen Street on January 21, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. The marches in New Zealand were organised to show solidarity with those marching on Washington DC and around the world in defense of women's rights and human rights. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 21: Thousands of people march up Queen Street on January 21, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. The marches in New Zealand were organised to show solidarity with those marching on Washington DC and around the world in defense of women's rights and human rights. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Marchers during the Women's March on Main Street Park City on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JAN. 21: TORONTO, ON - JAN. 21: Marchers head south on Univesrity Ave. Thousands of women and girls and their families took to the streets of Toronto Saturday in a show of solidarity for women's and human rights following the inauguration of US president Donald Trump. Marchers began with a rally at Queen's Park, then marched south past the U.S. embassy, and ended with more speeches at Nathan Phillips Square. (Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 21: One day after Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, an estimated 600,000 anti-Trump protestors fill the streets during the Women's March on January 21, 2017 held in the area surrounding the Washington Mall. Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters all attended to protest both Donald Trump's past comments and his political positions on health care and abortion. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

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