Thousands of men and women across America gathered in the biggest cities in order to show their support for women’s rights after President Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. It was during these protests that people voiced their opinions and oppositions against the newest president. An estimated 500,000 people attended the Women’s March on Washington alone, along with large gatherings in Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, New York, St. Paul, and Los Angeles. According to on sight witnesses, the protest was as peaceful as it gets as thousands of people descended on the National Mall, with zero arrests, which is sharp in contrast to the 230 arrests during the anti-Trump protest the Friday earlier. Reports show that police were civil while participants were spreading positivity about their cause. Celebrities including Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, and Ariana Grande made their appearance at marches across the country, showing their support for Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, and the fight against misogyny. Madonna gave a speech in Washington, expressing her beliefs, and ending it with “I hope that people don’t just forget today. I don’t know what will come of it legally, but for it just to disappear is not okay.”

“The Women’s March making history as the largest protest in US history with an estimated 2.9 million Americans is undeniable proof that the people of our nation will never lie down and give up their rights as humans nor will we continue to allow anyone to oppress the rights of others. To me the march is ultimately a symbol of hope and compassion for humanity and will certainly leave its mark on our country and its politics in the coming years.”

 – Madelyn Scoville, 12th grade

 

“As a teenager and a feminist, it was extremely encouraging and comforting to know that there are millions of other people who are willing to speak up for the issues that directly affect and concern me

– Lily Metsker, 10th grade