By Tina Lu
Today, millions of women, from Oslo, Norway to Sydney, Australia, gathered in protest over President Trump, who was inaugurated just yesterday. Around the world, women and men alike congregated to castigate Trump’s sexism and white supremacism, instead calling for universal acceptance. The center of the resistance, the Women’s March on Washington, had an impressive turnout of over 500,000 people.
The marches were also a way for women to express their discontent over the election results while sending a message to the new president. The sea of women shared a common disappointment over Hillary Clinton’s defeat, and together, they were able to reach closure and enter into a new chapter of their lives—with Donald Trump as America’s new figurehead.
“We just want to make sure we’re heard,” said Mona Osuchukwu, a participant of today’s march on Washington. As a black woman in America, she partook in the march to ensure her three-year-old daughter, Chioma, knows she has a voice, no matter what Trump says.
And even women who didn’t live in the United States came out to support their fellow women. March organizers listed over 670 events in cities such as Tel Aviv, Barcelona, and Mexico City. Over a hundred thousand marchers participated in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Marina Knight, who marched in London with her 9-year-old daughter, explained the thought process of all international supporters: “It’s the first time we felt it was vital to march. I feel the rights we take for granted could go backward, and we owe it to our daughters and next generation to fix this somehow.” Apparently, Trump’s anti-minority influence reaches even beyond America’s borders.
Walkers in Washington were disgusted over his infamous taped comments about groping women’s genitals, and in front of the Trump International Hotel, they dumped thousands of signs exclaiming “P—y Power” and “This P—y Bites Back.” Women are certainly not the passive toys of pleasure characterized by Trump and we so bite back.
In fact, Metro recorded more than 597,000 trips to D.C. today, for the Women’s March, in comparison to only 368,000 yesterday (which, just to remind you, was Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day.) Unfortunately I couldn’t be part of that crowd of half a million, but I’m totally #girlspired by those who were, including Gloria Steinem. Clinton didn’t attend either, but she did tweet about the march: “Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always stronger together.”
I think most of us would agree.
For more pictures of Women’s Marches around the world, visit this link. If you attended a Women’s March today, feel free to comment about your experience down below.