On January 21, 2017, the day after President Trump’s inauguration, an estimated 4.1 million people around the United States convened in various cities for the Women’s March, to protest the election of a man who has bragged about committing sexual assault, and the regressive policies his administration was likely to usher in for women. According to the Washington Post, the Women’s March was likely the largest one-day demonstration in American history.
Protestors turned out to make their voices heard on a number of subjects. The most seismic feminist issue that has come to the fore in the past year has been the #MeToo movement, sparked by the revelation of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual violence, and the ensuing flood of women who have come forward to share similar stories about men famous and unknown in all professions and walks of life.
The marchers were also protesting the attack on women’s reproductive rights under the current administration. One of Trump’s first acts as president was to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, which stipulates that no international organization that receives U.S. funding may provide abortion services, or even information about abortions.
The Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump administration has also offered companies and organizations with a “moral” objection to providing birth control an exemption from the federal requirement under the Affordable Care Act that they do so.
Marchers also gathered to show support for LGBTQIA rights, which have been threatened and rolled back by the current administration. Among other regressive moves, the president tried to ban transgender members of the military from serving, and his Justice Department has argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect workers on the basis of sexual orientation.
Marchers also demonstrated in support of civil rights, rights for the disabled, and immigrant rights.
Below, a snapshot of Women’s Marches around the country last weekend.