More than two million people worldwide took to the street to join Women’s March on Saturday, the same day as Donald Trump’s inauguration as the president of the United States.
Demonstrators, whose aim was to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights”, marched the streets with signs and chants on immigration, reproductive rights, racism, LGBT issues and more.
A number of politicians and celebrities, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, Olivia Wilde, America Ferrera and Lupita Nyong’o, also participated in the march.
“This is the moment of the beginning of the revival of the women’s movement,” said Gillibrand. “Until every woman and girl in this country has a chance to reach her God-given potential America will not reach its full potential.”
In a speech in Boston, Warren said Trump’s presidency should remind Americans to “fight harder… more passionately than ever”.
“We’re here today because of the power of women — the power of women to come up with good ideas, like this rally,” said Warren. “The power of women to organize, like this rally. And the power of women to make sure that as our country enters a new political era that the voices of the people will be heard.
“We come here to stand shoulder to shoulder to make clear: We are here, we will not be silent, we will not play dead, we will fight for what we believe in.”
Politician Hillary Clinton, who became the first female presidential candidate from a major party, also showed support for the march on Twitter.
Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we're always Stronger Together.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 21, 2017
Trump has been accused of sexual assault by 13 women. Last year, a record of Trump bragging about groping a woman emerged, which he claimed as “locker room talk”. The president is also known for his controversial remarks on women, having described them with names such as “dog”, “disgusting animal” and “nasty woman”. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, he also suggested that women should be “punished” for having abortions.
Attorney for landmark Roe v Wade case, Sarah Weddington said Trump represented a threat to reproductive rights in the US. “I think everyone who cares about the Roe v. Wade issue and other reproductive rights is very concerned about what will happen,” Weddington told NBC News.