Women's Marches Against Trump Held Worldwide

DC numbers could surpass those for inauguration
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Women's Marches Against Trump Held Worldwide
Demonstrators take part in the Women's March on London, Saturday Jan. 21, 2016.   (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Donald Trump was the target of women's marches worldwide on the first full day of his presidency. As the pre-march rally kicked off in Washington, DC, where numbers might exceed those that turned out of Trump's inauguration, marches were already underway or over in cities including London, Prague, Sydney, and Bangkok. The BBC reports that marches are planned in more than 300 cities in the US and hundreds more worldwide, with marchers highlighting multiple issues, especially the principle that "Women's Rights are Human Rights." A roundup of coverage:

  • March organizers say they want to send a "bold message" to the new government and the world, and they hope to be joined by people of " all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, and backgrounds ." "In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore," they said in a statement, per the AP.

  • The Washington Post has a full list of speakers and performers at the Washington, DC event.
  • NPR reports that in DC where a rally started at 10am and march will begin at 1:15pm, many women are wearing pink knitted caps nicknamed "pussy hats" in reference to one of Trump's infamous remarks.
  • The New York Times has a guide to marches in the US around the world, and notes that this is expected to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in history.
  • NBC Washington has travel and parking tips for those in DC, where parking facilities have filled up fast and public transport is crowded. Organizers have increased their estimate of participants to at least 500,000.
  • CNN reports that in one of the first marches to take place, around 5,000 people marched in Sydney, Australia with signs like "Girl Power" vs "Trump Power." A pro-Trump counter-demonstration attracted around 30 people.
  • Some 10,000 people were expected to join the London march, but organizers said at least 80,000 turned up, the Telegraph reports.
  • The Independent reports that a group of around 30 female and male visitors have organized a Women's March in Antarctica, with banners including "Penguins for Peace," and "Love From Seven Continents." To respect wildlife habitats, the amount of actual marching will be kept to a minimum.
(More women's rights stories.)

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