On Saturday protesters gathered in solidarity to be a part of the Women’s March – not just in Washington, but all over the world. The marches came just one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
MTV were among the masses that rocked up to the support march in London… And it. Was. Amazing. If you were unable to attend the marches for some reason, here’s the scoop on what went down.
Why was the march organised?
It was planned as a march on Washington DC in the wake of the inauguration, to prove that even though Trump won the presidential election, the intolerant and divisive values that he promoted throughout in his election campaign must be challenged.
People marched together for women’s rights and gender equality in response to Trump’s continuing misogynistic comments. Many protesters donned knitted “pussy” hats with cat ears in reference to that conversation he had about grabbing. You know the one.
It was called the Women’s March not because it was women only, but because it was women-led. Women wanted to prove that women’s rights are human rights, and that they would not stand for unequal treatment, and many men marched in agreement.
Where was it?
The London Women’s March started at 12 midday at Grosvenor Square and continued through central London, ending in Trafalgar Square for a rally where there were speakers.
Sister marches happen around the UK, the US and all around the world. Protesters marched in South America, Belgium, Australia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Israel, Japan, Africa and many more!
Who was there?
Though it’s pretty hard to guess exactly how many protesters marched on Saturday, the global coordinator of the march Evvie Harmon estimated that more than a million people attended in Washington alone, and more than 5 million worldwide.
A whole host of celebs showed up in support of the marches, including Rihanna, Zendaya, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Blake Lively, Chrissy Teigen and hubby John Legend, and Ariana Grande. And that’s just naming a few.
We spotted Nick Grimshaw in a red puffa jacket at the march in London. We love him.
There were many inspirational speeches made at the Women’s March. Ugly Betty star America Ferrera who was among those to speak in Washington. “Mr Trump, we refuse,” she said. “We reject the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We reject the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We demand an end to the systemic murder and incarceration of our black brothers and sisters. We will not give up our right to safe and legal abortions. We will not ask our LGBTQ families to go backwards. We will not go from being a nation of immigrants, to a nation of ignorance.”
Actor Ashley Judd also made a powerful speech in the form of a poem. She talked about the ironies of being labelled a “nasty women” considering the hate and intolerance that Trump preached. She ended with, “I am unafraid to be nasty because I am nasty like Susan, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Amelia, Rosa, Gloria, Condoleezza, Sonia, Malala, Michelle, Hillary… So if you [are] a nasty woman or love one who is, let me hear you say, “HELL YEAH!”
One of the best things about the rally were the signs. There were “Dump Trump” signs, “Girls just wanna have fundamental rights” signs, as well as “Save Melania” signs about Trump’s wife. We liked ones that referred to Trump quotes like “Nasty Women CHANGE The World” (he called Hillary Clinton a nasty woman in their final election debate), as well as silly ones like “not usually a sign guy but GEEZ”.
There were even women dressed convincingly as Suffragettes with a Victorian-looking sign saying, “Same sh*t different century” and a baby in a pushchair lay half on a sign that read “Babies Against Trump”.
There were LOTS of signs referring to how “pussy” would fight back, complete with pics of fierce looking cats.
What was it like?
The Women’s March in London was positive and peaceful, many families went and children marched alongside their parents.
The march was a celebration of unity over division, and positivity over negativity, and it reminded us that even though things are tough and confusing right now, love really does Trump hate.
The Women’s March may be over but the battle continues. The Women’s March organisers have started up a campaign in the US called 10 Actions for the first 100 Days where they release a different task for supporters every 10 days so that protesters can continue to make their voices heard and fight for what they believe in. The first task is to print off a special Women’s March card and write on it about a cause that matters to them. They are then asked to share it on social media with the hashtag #WhyIMarch, and to send it to their Senators.