Millions of women and men from around the world took to the streets to participate in the annual Women’s March, one day after President Trump’s inauguration. According to the official Women’s March website, the purpose of this march is to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Washington D.C., Boston, New York and Chicago. More than 2.5 million people from across the world showed up to march. Speakers at the march included Madonna, Alicia Keys, America Ferrerra and Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of Malcom X.
The turnout in Chicago was larger than expected. Women’s March organizers planned for as many as 60,000 people in Grant Park, but nearly 250,000 people showed up to rally. Due to the larger than expected crowd size, marchers did not stop in front of the Richard J. Daley Center, but instead marchers walked down Washing Street, Michigan Avenue and Randolph street until they were all back at the initial rally site. Many marchers also stopped in front of Trump Tower to protest.
“I came to march to show solidarity with everyone around me,” said Blair Zeneli, a 22-year-old Chicago resident. “With everything going on right now, especially the new administration, we need to stand united with one another and show our government that we all deserve equal rights. Just because we are a different gender, race or religion does not mean that we aren’t American and don’t deserve equality, in the highest sense of the word.”
There were 673 marches altogether in all 50 states and an estimated 32 countries with Washington having the largest turnout with an estimated 500,000 marchers.
“We need to continue to push this administration to promote peace and equality among its citizens,” said Zeneli. “This march is only the beginning.”