Looks like the #TimesUp movement turbocharged this year’s Women’s March – one year on from Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The past year has seen an insurgence of incriminating reports of harassment, sexual abuse and workplace wrongdoings come to light, rolling the heads of industries across America.
While the number of women who walked in this year’s protests paled to the millions in defiance of Trump in 2017, the power and knowledge driving the hundreds and thousands in 2018 was undeniable, with Vanity Fair describing it as a “sustained, impactful resistance.”
Over 200,000 people took to the street yesterday in New York City to fight for the future of their country. It was the one year anniversary of one of the greatest protests in American history, and it was a promise to keep the fight going. https://t.co/U2ZBaOnao3
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 21, 2018
Despite numbers being reportedly down in Washington D.C., there was a noticeable growth in Chicago – which saw a rise from 250,000 to 300,000 – as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Texas and Virginia.
Much like 2017, the Women’s March this year gained support across the globe including countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.
The Women’s March in London, renamed the Time’s Up Rally for 2018, paid homage to the campaign targeting sexual harassment and misconduct in the entertainment business following the Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement.
Amidst relentless rain and sleet, thousands of women, young and old, turned out in honour of the global protest.
Back in the United States, adding gasoline to the fire was none other than Trump himself, posting a celebratory tweet of his ‘contribution’.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
The tweet inspired more than 76,000 responses including comments reiterating that their protests are intended to ‘spite’ him, not ‘support’ him.
Celebrities who participated:
The most influential people in my life have always been women. My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols. I am obsessed with all the women in my life. I adore them and need them more and more every day. I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope I’m not only defined by my gender though. I hope I’m defined by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. I want what’s best for people, I think we all do. We just can’t agree on what that is. Power to the peaceful, power to the people x #womensmarch2018
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