2017’s Women’s March Attracts Massive Crowds from Around the World
Donald Trump’s first day in office was marked with women’s protests around the world, featuring an iconic women’s march to Washington as they protested the new president’s administration.
The peaceful protesters took to the streets wearing pink ‘pussyhats’ and their numbers easily surpassed those of the people who showed up for Trump’s inauguration. They waved placards that ridiculed Trump’s comments about grabbing women inappropriately and spoke out on their demands for equal pay in the workplace. Female celebrities involved in the March on Washington included Madonna, Alicia Keys, Angela Davis and America Ferrera.
Ashley Judd took a particularly hard line on Trump’s 2005 comments which suggested that his celebrity status made it easier for him to sexually assault women. Trump dismissed the comments as ‘locker room chat’, however that recording along with what many participants believe were misogynistic comments he made with regard to Hillary Clinton and Megyn Kelly have sparked what is being called the ‘Pussyhats Project.’ Numerous protestors turned up wearing pink ‘pussyhats’ in order to make a collective statement against Trump’s blatant misogyny.
Protests Around the World
Los Angeles felt the effects of the protests as well with more than 500,000 people taking to the streets in what was the highest turnout Los Angeles has seen for a rally in over a decade.
Chicago also experienced large turnouts with 250,000 people taking to Grant Park and the numbers grew so fast that the rally had to be cancelled over safety concerns. New York saw massive crowds as well with close to 200,000 people rallying in Midtown Manhattan where some streets had crowds which stretched more than a quarter-mile deep. John Lewis led the charge for social justice in Atlanta by telling the crowd to make their voices heard and appreciate the effect of getting into good trouble.
Similar protests happened in Europe as well and London had the continent’s greatest turnout with an estimated 100,000 participants marching on Trafalgar Square. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, also turned up to support the protests.
This year’s women’s march started with a single Facebook post that was put up right after the election. The organizers hope that this is the beginning of a long-term campaign that will bring together demonstrators from around the world who wish to raise awareness about against civil rights issues, immigration and reproductive rights.
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