Women's march draws thousands as Trump term enters second year

Carla Harmon
January 22, 2018

The Women's Marches began in January 2017 in the wake of the election of President Donald Trump, drawing huge crowds at events across the globe.

Another protester, Helina Zedu, 35, who works for a non-profit group and is originally from Ethiopia, said she was disgusted by Mr Trump's reported comments in which he is said to have described Haiti and African countries as "s--hole" nations. "Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!" he continued, as he chose not to acknowledge the fact that the Women's March is a protest against his policies, and not a celebration of his claims of "economic success".

Marches took place in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City and other places across the US and the world, with marches reported in Rome, Frankfurt, Germany; Kampala, Uganda and Osaka, Japan. He might have seen signs and placards with slogans like "Make America Sane Again", "Follow the $$", and "The Patriarchy is Real + Alive, Unlike Our P.O.T.U.S.' Spray Tan!..."

Activists in NY said the march was important because basic rights for women, immigrants and others are under attack.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who spoke at the D.C. rally Saturday, said that the second year of marches showed "our grassroots energy is growing, not fading".

The caps quickly became a symbol of women's empowerment and opposition to the new president in the early days of his administration.

Speakers at the rally before the march spoke about both national and local issues, which was different from past year when speakers spoke only about national issues. Marchers are rallying for women's rights, immigrant, worker disability and environmental rights.

She told the rally: "Women are scared to speak, and because I was vilified by everything I said, I was called a prostitute for being raped".

Woodard urged everyone to register and vote, saying, "the 2018 midterms start now".

"Beating the feminist drum just seems to me beside the point".

Michelle Saunders, 41, a software saleswoman from Des Plaines, Illinois, came to the rally with her 14-year-old daughter, Bailey.

Campaigners say Trump's unpopular policies rolling back birth control and equal pay protections are propelling many women into activism for the first time. In Virginia state legislative polls, 11 of the 15 Democrats elected were women.

Marchers will kick off a voter registration campaign in Las Vegas and other swing states held by Republicans - where neither political party holds a predictable lead - ahead of a possible backlash against Trump in November's midterm elections. They aim to secure a million more voter registrations, pushing for more pro-women candidates to take office over the next few years.

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