Protesters march against Trump

Doug Mendoza
January 22, 2018

President Donald Trump addressed the Women's Marches past year by suggesting that the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out should have expressed their feelings toward him at the ballot box.

Tens of thousands of people hit the streets Saturday for the Women's March on New York City.

"I want our country back", Jess Amberseckia of Westchester County, N.Y. told NPR's Windsor Johnston at the rally in Washington, D.C.

"We march, we run, we vote, we win", Pelosi said to applause. "I stood with fellow physicians, ready to demand change, and this year I stand in front of this crowd as a candidate because I decided, like so many of you, that enough is enough, and if we are the majority then we should look like it".

This year's march arrived just one day after Trump's attempt to block Planned Parenthood funding and amid a dramatic government shutdown centering on immigration.

This year's action is set against the backdrop of Trump's presidency, which she says "turned out to be as scary as we thought it would be".

The march from city hall to the Capitol included a group of women who wore red capes and white bonnets like characters from the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale". Heavy rain fell on the protesters who gathered near the Eiffel Tower, which could have been a factor in the small number of participants compared to the USA marches on Saturday.

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, who is often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, also addressed the participants, saying: "It is women, who are holding our democracy together in these risky times".

In Chicago, thousands of people gathered in Grant Park. "My 401 (k) and my 403 have soared, and if anybody doesn't realize that, they've been asleep for a year", said Miller, a 50-year-old emergency room nurse from Audubon, Pennsylvania, referring to her retirement accounts' growth in a booming stock market". She now is interested in working for others who are running for office.

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People gather at the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool to rally before the Women's March in Washington.

People hold their hands up at a Women's March in Los Angeles. It's being hailed as "a new era in political activism" by organisers of the Women's March. Kirsten Gillibrand on NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, both Democrats, urged women to run for office and vote to oppose Trump and the Republicans' agenda.

Trump tweeted about the protests happening around the country on Saturday: "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a flawless day for all Women to March".

A protest in NY is among more than 200 such activities planned for the weekend around the world.

She asked a few friends via the social media platform to march on Washington with her in protest.

This year, the #PowertoThePolls rally was the exclamation point to the success of last year.

Trump responded on Twitter by touting what he said were economic gains of the past year that benefited women.

Johansson said women have been "conditioned" to need approval from men and told the crowd: "For me, moving forward means time's up on the female condition". "I wonder how women who received such violence would find the courage to come out as I did, when they saw what happened to me, so I am here to assess the necessity of women to speak out and change things".

Like past year, 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.

Three years ago she would have said definitely no.

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