Thousands of women gathered in Washington DC and cities across the United States on the occasion of the first year of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, to appeal for equal rights on wages and medical care, to condemn the status of sexual harassment, and to encourage women to run for election.
Pilgrims also speak up about other issues, such as racial equality, gun control, immigration protection, and conservative efforts to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood.
It is estimated that the number of people attending the march in Washington is lower than last year. But marches are also taking place in other major cities across the country such as New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles; Chicago, Denver in Colorado state, Charlotte in North Carolina, and Palm Beach in Florida, where the president used to go on vacation. Las Vegas will hold a rally on Sunday to coincide with an effort to mobilize voter registration. The organizers are targeting the fluctuating states (where Democratic and Republican candidates have a similar chance of winning) and hope to register a million new voters online.
These gatherings were held to continue the women’s march last year that took place immediately after President Trump’s inauguration. Many women in the march raised their opposition to the incumbent president, who had been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 19 women.
In the past year, stories of unequal wages for women and sexual harassment from powerful men have become the top topic in the national dialogue. Dozens of men, including filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, NBC morning host Matt Lauer, and Democratic Party Senator Al Franken, lost or resign for accusations of sexual harassment.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. 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. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Women also marched in Rome in Italy, Kampala in Uganda, Frankfurt in Germany, and Osaka in Japan, to protest sexual harassment. The marches are also planned in Beijing, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Nairobi, Kenya.
On Friday, anti-abortion activists held their own march in Washington, an annual event called March for Life. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech to the crowd through video streaming from the White House Rose Garden.
“We are always with you”, Mr. Trump told the protesters against abortion. Mr. Pence told the crowd that Mr. Trump was the “strongest supporter of life in American history“.