Why So Many Women Are Wearing Red Lipstick On Instagram Today

Red lipstick serves plenty of purposes. For one thing, it commands attention. It's also quite possibly the only beauty product that can make you look completely put-together in a matter of seconds. And today, on International Women's Day, it's a sign of solidarity.

The significance of the color traces back to A Day Without A Woman, the human rights campaign that urges us to use March 8 as a day to stand against the inequalities and discrimination women face regularly. Red is the official color of the initiative — and a worthy one, considering the hue has long been a symbolic representation of power.

To celebrate the day, people across the country have taken to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms to show their support for women's rights. They're sharing heartfelt messages and stories, photos of iconic feminists and protests, and, yes, red lipstick selfies. Because self-expression through beauty is powerful. Ahead, find a few of our favorite lipstick shots (then go get your perfect shade, here).

Take the red theme even further today by only consuming strawberries, Pinot Noir, tomatoes...
Not working isn't an option for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't show your support in other ways.
"Love yourself, use your voice, tell your story." Amen.
This post serves as good reminder that we all need to stop treating tampons like secretive, shameful objects that can't be seen.
This would make Beyoncé — and women everywhere — very proud.
The team that wears red lipstick together, stays together.
You can't hate on a classic.
Never feel like you have to smile at anyone — today or any day.
We're digging the matching going on here.
We love her take on the day: "Decades ago we were given the right to go out and earn a pay check, don't throw away that gift by staying home today," she wrote.
This woman went red from head to toe.
Too Faced is always a good call.
She took the words right out of our mouths.
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