Over half a million women and men marched and rallied in the nation’s capital during Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington, while hundreds of thousands more held sister marches across the U.S. and throughout the world.
Crowd scientists estimated that around 500,000 people were present at the march Saturday in D.C., three times more than President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. The rallies were held to draw attention to women’s issues and voice concerns about the newly minted president and his administration.
“Today is not a concert,” implored organizer Tamika Mallory. “It is not a parade. And it is not a party. Today is an act of resistance.”
After Trump’s shocking upset following the Nov. 8 presidential election, many American women wanted to make a statement by marching, and especially bring issues such as abortion, fair pay and paid parental leave to the forefront.
The star-studded march included celebrities such as Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Planned Parenthood was one of the most frequently mentioned issues by the march’s many speakers.
“I didn’t vote for you. But I want to be able to support you. But first I ask that you support me,” Johansson said.
“There are very real and devastating consequences to limited access to what should be considered basic health care,” she continued.
President Trump responded to the protests via Twitter, where he questioned why the women marching do not vote.
Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
President Trump won the electoral college, but lost the popular vote by close to three million ballots.
By comparison, there were 230 arrests made the night before related to the anti-Trump rioting. The city still has some minor cleanup to tackle in the coming week after hosting two major events back to back.
“We’ve had our maintenance team out there since last night when they already did a pass,” National Park Service spokeswoman Emily Linroth said. “Today, they are really going through with a fine tooth comb and picking up what’s left. They do this every July Fourth, so they are pros at it.”
The National Park Service did note that the cleanup was less than in previous years, post-inauguration. Given the size of the Women’s March, clean up could have been much worse.
Another analytic of measurement is the D.C. Metro System, which reported that Saturday was the the city rail’s second biggest day in their 40 years of service. The most riders ever recorded occurred on Jan. 20, 2009, which was President Barack Obama’s initial Inauguration Day.
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