Women's March protests across America against President Trump

Joanna Estrada
January 21, 2018

Most of the rallies held in the US past year were largely directed at the incoming president as he was inaugurated, in protest against statements and positions that Trump had taken that many regarded as offensive or discriminatory against women.

In Philadelphia, marchers - many wearing pink cat-ear hats - walked along Benjamin Franklin Parkway chanting "Show me what democracy looks like".

Speakers at the L.A. rally included Scarlett Johansson, Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis and Eva Longoria.

Italian actress and director Asia Argento, sporting a scarf, joins the Rome Resists rally / AFP.

Rather than dwelling on the successful expansion of their cause, however, activists in Canada and overseas used the events to focus on the future.

From his twitter perch, Trump took a rosy posture toward the marches: "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a ideal day for all Women to March", he tweeted. Happy one year anniversary Trump!

This year's march totals are smaller, but hope to deliver a message of attracting more women to become involved in the 2018 midterm elections.

"Last year it was about hope".

A demonstrator holds a "Never Again" sign. "I would not be surprised if they got more than that this year".

"I feel like the country is not what it's supposed to be".

"I'm here to protect Canada because it's happening all over the world, a fear, and it's springing from pure ignorance", she said. "This year it's about strength", said Diane Costello, 67, a retired teacher and member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that advocates for gun violence prevention, said as she marched through Manhattan. "I love the fact that I can't see the end of this", she said as she gestured toward the crowd stretching before her.

"Every politician and legislator needs to be put on notice", Patton said.

Bay Area Women's Marches are also taking place in locations including Walnut Creek, Oakland and San Jose.

Deep in the crowd, Susanne Burger, a resident of Westchester, New York, and co-founder of Westchester Citizen Therapists, shared her concerns surrounding gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement at the march.

Hundreds of thousands gathered around the nation Saturday, wielding signs and sporting pink hats, at Women's Marches in numerous cities around the US - the second such protest since Donald Trump entered the White House.

When Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama senate race in December, Black women were proclaimed saviors.

In Palm Beach, Fla., home to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered with anti-Trump signs as they prepared to march in Saturday's protests. Fawzia Mirza drew cheers from the crowd as she kicked off the event with a reference to the partial government shutdown, which began hours earlier.

"It does seem like a classic example of Trump misunderstanding what women want", she said, as she stood near the White House where the march ended. The "national voter registration tour will target swing states to register new voters [and] engage impacted communities" according to the website.

"Last year was about women standing together and realizing that they're not alone", said Katherine Siemionko, founder of the Women's March Alliance in NY.

"The only way we're going to make a change is if we commit to change", Goldberg said during the march in NY. "I know that we have a long slog ahead of us to undo the damage that this man has inflicted".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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