Women and men united all over the world in solidarity on Saturday, the first day of Trump’s Presidency, to protest against the misogyny, racism and bigotry witnessed throughout the presidential campaign.
According to statistics, it is estimated that half a million people attended the march in downtown Washington alone, with an astonishing 2.9 million people marching throughout other states in the US. This concludes that 1 in 100 Americans marched at a protest, making history with the amount of numbers there. Sister marches also took place to make a stand against sexism and gender inequality, with huge crowds gathering in London, Berlin, Paris, Alaska, and Antarctica.
Many famous faces came to protest in Washington DC, including Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Julianne Moore, Katy Perry, Jake Gyllenhaal, Felicity Huffman, Cher, Debra Messing, and Emma Watson. Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gillian Anderson were also among other celebrities spotted outside the US Embassy in London, holding up banners and posting photos on Instagram.
Highlights of the day included inspiring and passionate speeches from feminists and activists. Madonna’s comments were received with both cheers and controversy; after telling the crowd that she had “thought about blowing up the White House”. Scarlett Johansson praised Planned Parenthood claiming, “they saved me so many times”, and America Ferrera addressed the audience, telling them how being a woman and an immigrant in the US is “heartrending”. However, the breakout star of the day, which was shared on social media sites everywhere, was Ashley Judd’s poem recital. Spoken from the point of view of 19 year old Nina Donovan, from Tennessee, Judd referred to herself throughout as a “nasty woman”, the offensive remark Donald Trump made towards Hillary Clinton. “I'm not nasty, like the combo of Trump and Pence being served up to me in my voting booth. I'm nasty like the battles my grandmothers fought to get me into that voting booth” she said.
Throughout the world, thousands of anti-Trump posters and signs displayed the outrage people felt towards the new American leader. One sign read: “you can’t combover misogyny”, whilst others said “Melania, are you okay?” and “girls just want to have fun-damental rights”.
The Women’s March on Washington website was updated on Sunday with a new campaign called “10 Actions for the first 100 days”. Their mission is to persuade people to not just share political posts via social media, but to actively engage people to push the movement forward. The first action so far is for Americans to send a Women’s March postcard to Senators across the country, telling them about sexist issues and any misogyny they may have experienced in life. The mailing list is also open to people who live outside of the US, to help spread the word about the importance of gender equality.
Our reporter EJ Ward was there at the Women's March in London. Here is his video report.