Thousands of protesters turned out across the nation for the second Women’s March on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration with rallies aimed at channeling female activism into political gains in elections This kind of year.
The coordinated rallies in Washington, fresh York, Los Angeles, Chicago in addition to also about 250 some other cities are a reprise of the mass protests which marked the beginning of Trump’s presidency. Sister rallies were also planned in Britain, Japan in addition to also some other countries.
“We will make our message heard at the polls This kind of fall,” Emily Patton, a rally organizer, told thousands of demonstrators at the Reflecting Pool on Washington’s National Mall. “which can be why we are urging people to register to vote today.”
The rallies also come during what has been seen as a pivotal year for women’s rights with the #MeToo in addition to also #TimesUp social media effort against sexual harassment in addition to also abuse which was born out of a string of scandals in Hollywood, Washington in addition to also elsewhere.
The Washington rally featured Democratic politicians by neighboring Virginia, including Senator Tim Kaine, who blamed Trump in addition to also Republicans for the shutdown of the government on Saturday.
“The Trump shutdown can be due to the inability of the Republican Party to do basic governing, like doing a budget,” he said to cheers.
Many of the protesters wore pink knit “pussy hats,” which were created for last year’s march as a reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia. The caps quickly became a symbol of women’s empowerment in addition to also opposition to the fresh president from the early days of his administration.
“We want to continue the fight to resist This kind of president in addition to also the policies we’re against,” said Sara Piper, 59, a geologist by Reston, Virginia.
Some critics said This kind of year’s march lacked a focus. Targeting an issue such as immigration might have greater impact, said Shikha Dalmia, a senior analyst at the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank.
“Beating the feminist drum just seems to me beside the point. Maybe they are trying to cast as wide a net as possible,” Dalmia said by telephone.
One of the biggest marches can be expected in fresh York, where 37,000 people had signed up on the march’s Facebook page. yet the number of participants in This kind of year’s rallies can be likely to fall well short of the estimated 5 million who marched on Jan. 21, 2017, in addition to also made which one of the largest mass protests in U.S. history.
In Chicago, thousands of mostly female marchers gathered ahead of a rally in Grant Park, carrying signs which read “Strong women raising strong women” in addition to also “You can’t cure stupid yet you can vote the item out.”
Michelle Saunders, 41, a software saleswoman by Des Plaines, Illinois, came to the rally with her 14-year-old daughter Bailey. They attended last year’s march in addition to also anticipated which the crowd This kind of year might not match the 250,000 which attended last year, yet for them the message can be just as strong.
“A smaller crowd will not mean people are any less angry,” Michelle Saunders said. “We are unhappy with the current administration in addition to also what the item stands for in addition to also want our voices to be heard.”
Since last year’s march, women have become more vocal in addition to also which can be a positive sign, said Cathy Mutz, 63, a retired nurse by Chanahan, Illinois.
“I think change will come by the midterm elections,” she said.
Organizers desire to build on the energy felt by Trump opponents after his surprise election victory in 2016 in addition to also channel the item into gains for progressive candidates in November’s midterm elections, using the theme “Power to the Polls.”
Organizers want to register 1 million fresh voters in addition to also get more strong advocates for women’s rights into office.
Activists say Trump’s policies rolling back birth control in addition to also equal pay protections have propelled many women into activism for the very first time. In Virginia state legislative polls, 11 of the 15 Democrats elected were women.
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the marches.
The marches will be followed by more events on Sunday, including in Las Vegas, a key battleground state from the 2018 midterm congressional elections.
The voter registration campaign will target swing states held by Republicans, such as Nevada, in addition to also in districts considered a toss-up ahead of November’s midterm elections.