On January 21 and 22, millions of women worldwide marched to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration sparking large support and some opposition.
While advocating for women’s rights, protestors also supported immigration and health care reform, LGBTQ rights, protection of the natural environment, and racial equality.
It is estimated that over half a million people marched in Washington D.C. alone, and over 4.8 million people worldwide. Outside of the United States, 168 rallies were held in 81 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Denmark, and Kenya. Overall, there were 673 reported marches worldwide.
The marches, while significant on their own, have attracted thousands of responses from the media, politicians, celebrities, and activists to weigh in on the current political climate.
Senator Bernie Sanders attended a local march in Montpelier, Vermont and spoke on how President Trump should take advice from the marches.
“Listen to the needs of women. Listen to the needs of the immigrant community. Listen to the needs of workers. Listen to what’s going on with regards to climate change,” Sanders said. “Modify your positions. Let’s work together to try to save this planet and protect the middle class.”
Musician Bruce Springsteen, who formerly endorsed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was in Australia performing at a concert during the time of the protests. Although halfway across the world from the site of the inauguration, he still reached out to his fans in the crowd that night.
“The E Street Band is glad to be here in Western Australia,” Springsteen said. “But we’re a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city in America and in Melbourne who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare, and immigrant rights. We stand with you. We are the new American resistance.”
There was also a significant amount of opposition to the marches, with the majority coming from men. While those who were against the march mainly did so in a civil manner, some anti-march supporters spoke out by using insults and vulgar language.
President Trump responded via Twitter to the marches, expressing dismissal.
“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly,” Trump wrote.
Atlantic County freeholder John Carman (R) posted on Facebook his opinion.
“Will the women’s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?” Carmen said.
His post immediately drew attention and in response to criticism, he suggested that people get a sense of humor.
The NC NAACP will hold a march in Raleigh on February 11, under the title People’s Assembly and March. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will consist of a rally and a seven-block march.