Trump tweets it's 'a ideal day for all Women to March'

Kenny Tucker
January 22, 2018

Saturday's NY march will be one of an estimated 250 women's marches planned for Saturday and Sunday around the world.

Marches supporting of female empowerment, several of them massive, also took place on Saturday.

She also urged people to show the "same power in the voting booth this year" ahead of November's mid-term elections.

Washington was the focus of last year's Women's March, with hundreds of thousands of protesters filling the streets of the capital. But it was her first in the United States, she said. "And as native people in general, we're always kind of left out".

"After Trump was elected, you have never seen so many people come out of their suburban doors and say they want to get involved", she said.

Sex workers carried red umbrellas, symbols of safety for the profession, said Lux Lives, 26. She is a health program manager at a District of Columbia clinic that works with immigrants.

Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies, and many on Saturday thought about all that's happened in the past year.

Melbourne march organizer Melissa Goffin said: "I think past year was that watershed moment of President Trump's election".

"This year, we have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in 2018 elections", Burch said.

Rana Zaman said the event in Halifax, which brought hundreds to the city's downtown previous year, is more of a celebration this time around.

In Los Angeles, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Scarlett Johansson, Constance Wu, Adam Scott and Rob Reiner were among the celebrities who addressed a crowd of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at a women's march. Their signs, many of them self-made, represented a broad umbrella of voices, from young girls eager to vote in the next election to elderly men expressing support for advancing women's rights.

"Thanks for this opportunity to bring our faith to our feminism, and our feminism to our faith", said Lizzie Berne DeGear, an event organizer and member of The Women Who Stayed, a parish organization at the Church of St. Francis Xavier.

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People gathered from Montpelier to Milwaukee, from Shreveport to Seneca Falls.

"The real power is at the polls", said Paulette Rappa, executive director of The Way Home, a non-profit that helps formerly incarcerated citizens transition back into their communities.

Rallies took place in more than 30 countries.

In Washington, D.C., the rally began at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial In brisk, 50-degree weather under clear skies. "That's on all of us", Richards told the crowd.

"Amazing atmosphere at #TimesUp london" tweeted activist Helen Pankhurst.

Those who took part in this year's events said they were galvanised by an avalanche of political and gender issues over the past year, as well as the (hashtag) MeToo movement, which has been credited with countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct. But it also showed how polarized America is, with the women refusing to accept Trump as their president.

Trump, at the White House, weighed in on the marches: "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a ideal day for all Women to March", he tweeted. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.

Like a year ago, thousands of marchers are expected to don pink knit "pussy hats", which were created as a joking reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia and quickly became a symbol of women's empowerment and opposition to the new president in the early days of his administration.

She strayed from two groups of friends one evening when a man grabbed her and pulled her into the bushes.

"I started screaming", she said. I had a man on top of me.

"I attended this year because 2017 really demonstrated that we need to speak up; raise our voices and opinions", the 45-year-old said, adding that the dawn of the #MeToo movement was a powerful and eye-opening moment for her.

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