Women's March 2018: Best Celebrity Reactions

Doris Richards
January 21, 2018

Thousands of women gathered in cities across the United States and around the world on the anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump to call for equal rights in pay and health care, to denounce sexual harassment and to encourage women to run for office.

The family participated in the Women's March a year ago in Washington, D.C., where a sea of women wearing pink "pussy hats" gathered to protest a day after Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that organizers are trying to avoid potential pitfalls from past year, when hundreds of thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C.in one of the largest demonstrations in US history. Thousands of women in Washington, D.C. and in cities across the US and world used the day to advocate for women and human rights issues, which protesters argued would face adversity under the new administration.

While Washington was the focus of last year's Women's March, the largest marches this year were in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C., as well as NY and Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston.

They'll host their own #PowerToThePolls event tomorrow in Las Vegas, focused on channeling "the energy and activism of the Women's March into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018".

In Los Angeles the march drew celebrities and ordinary people alike. Other large events were planned for Sunday. Her sign thanked late-night comedians - including Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah - because she said they have provided "huge relief" since last January.

Rallies were held in Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C., Houston, Texas, and hundreds of cities elsewhere across the country.

"How we see change ... really starts local with our elected officials, and it builds from there", says Kristina Shelton, Regional Coordinator, Women's March Green Bay.

President Donald Trump has tweeted it's a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" that's happened during his first year in office.

The Santa Cruz Women's March drew 18,000 participants past year, according to organizers.

Last year's march in Washington sparked debate over inclusion, with some transgender minority women complaining that the event seemed designed for white women born female.

In Palm Beach, Florida, home to Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs as they prepared to march. The atmosphere was festive, with people chanting, "This us what democracy looks like!"

"As a swing-state that will shape the Senate in 2018 and as home to a strong activist network, Nevada is the ideal place to commemorate the Women's March and continue building our electoral power", wrote organizers on the event's Facebook page. "I feel good because I'm making a difference".

"I think (our voices) are getting heard louder and louder every day because the people at the grassroots are now talking to the people at the water cooler or the people on the bus", Geyer said.

"I believe in women's rights, " Stocks said, "and Trump is going in the complete opposite direction".

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