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Women’s Marches Take Over Washington (And the Rest of the World)

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Women’s Marches Take Over Washington (And the Rest of the World)

By Tina Lu

Protesters gather for the Women's March in Oslo, Norway, January 21, 2017. The march is being held in solidarity with similar events taking place internationaly. NTB Scanpix/Stian Lysberg Solum via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. NO COMMERCIAL SALES. NYTCREDIT: Ntb Scanpix/Reuters

Protesters gather for the Women’s March in Oslo, Norway, January 21, 2017.

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.

Protesters take part in the Women's March on Dublin, Ireland January 21, 2017. The march formed part of a worldwide day of action following the election of Donald Trump to U.S. President. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne NYTCREDIT: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

DUBLIN, IRELAND

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.

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“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.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 21: Demonstrators make their way during the Women's March on January 21, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The Women's March originated in Washington DC but soon spread to be a global march calling on all concerned citizens to stand up for equality, diversity and inclusion and for women's rights to be recognised around the world as human rights. Global marches are now being held, on the same day, across seven continents. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) NYTCREDIT: David Ramos/Getty Images

BARCELONA, SPAIN

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.

Protesters listen to a speaker as they gather for the Women's March against President Donald Trump Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Los Angeles. The march is being held in solidarity with similar events taking place in Washington and around the nation. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) NYTCREDIT: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

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.

Demonstrators take part in the Women's March in Trafalgar Square, central London following the Inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in London, Saturday Jan. 21, 2016. The march is being held in solidarity with the Women's March in Washington, and other cities worldwide, advocating women's rights and opposing Donald Trump's U.S. presidency. National Gallery in background. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) NYTCREDIT: Tim Ireland/Associated Press

LONDON, ENGLAND

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.

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WASHINGTON D.C.

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.

Protestors walk down 42nd Street near Grand Central Terminal during the Women's March in New York City at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. NYTMARCH NYTCREDIT: Nicole Craine for The New York Times

NEW YORK CITY

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.

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