The Women’s March on Washington, DC attracted huge numbers of supporters- both men and women. The Women’s March also happened in all 50 states and in countries around the world. The Women’s March was organized to express solidarity, opposition to President Trump’s agenda and support of human rights.
The Scene On The Ground
The National Mall has flooded with pink, as demonstrators descend on the nation’s capital Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington. Just one day after President Trump’s inauguration, marchers from across the country have gathered in the city to protest his agenda and support for women’s rights. The The city’s metro system reported 275,000 rides as of 11 am. Reuters adds that the number is also “82,000 more than the 193,000 rides reported at the same point on Friday,” the day of Trump’s inauguration.
Boston’s WBUR station reported shoulder to shoulder outpouring of demonstrators wearing a distinctive pink knit caps. These caps have come to be known as “pussyhats” in reference to a tape in which President Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals. Popular as they may have been, the “pussyhats” were not the only costume worn by marchers. Others wore their causes on their sleeves, dressing in attire to call attention to issues like Native rights and environmental fears. Women’s March demonstrators carried signs not only protesting Trump but supporting other issues such as women’s access to abortion and birth control. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey represented Massachusetts. Senator Warren stated clearly “I’am here to fight back!”, “We are in marches to say we are fighting back. That’s who we are”. In addition, Senator Warren stated, “Diversity is our country’s strength”
Protecting Our Rights
It’s estimated 750,000 people gathered to rally in downtown Los Angeles. The march was one of the largest women’s marches in the country. The mission statement for the March read “We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families –recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country”
In London, thousands marched through the British capital in what was billed as The Women’s March but, in reality was an anti-Trump rally. In Sydney, demonstrators gathered in the city’s Hyde Park area carrying signs with slogans reading “Bridges not walls”, and a “A women’s place is in the revolution. In Antarctica – yes – Antarctica and in Mexico City demonstrators made certain their displeasure with President Trumps agenda.
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