Women Will March Again With Aim to Become a Political Force

Women Will March Again With Aim to Become a Political Force

Hundreds of thousands of women and men across the USA joined together on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump's administration on the first anniversary of his inauguration.

"I'm out here because I'm a victim of sexual assault and I really fell like I need to join in, speaking out about just the frightful people that get away with stuff like this", said Rachel Beondesen.

The marchers and organizers said the event was a show of support for women's issues, ranging from equal pay to contraception rights.

In Washington, many signs directly referenced Trump and his policies.

Police on bikes and motorcycles stayed one step ahead of the throng - usually preventing cars from driving within a two block radius of the column that slowly thread its way past the One World Trade Center and the U.S. Bancorp Tower.

This year, activists say their focus is on the midterm elections.

Marchers took to the streets in Oklahoma City; Logan, Utah; Asheville, N.C.; Chicago; Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles; and Houston, as well as in Beijing; Buenos Aires; Nairobi; and Rome, under the banner of the #WeekendofWomen on social media.

But protesters are denouncing, not praising, Trump's stands on various issues including immigration, LGBT rights and abortion. When she started to scream, the man grabbed a nearby crabapple in attempt to stuff her mouth and silence her. Murphy said she bit the man's hand, which gave her time to flee.

Another 400,000 to 500,000 people marched in Washington D.C., along with hundreds of thousands more in at least 300 cities around the world. "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", he tweeted.

Last year's march in Washington sparked debate over inclusion, with some transgender minority women complaining that the event seemed designed for white women born female.

Numerous demonstrations indeed took place under sunny skies but marchers in Park City, Utah - where the annual Sundance Film Festival is underway - braved chilly temperatures and steady snow to make their voices heard, led by celebrities including activist and actress Jane Fonda.

She said she was there to "assess the necessity of women to speak out and change things".

Still others relished the idea of Trump watching the Women's Marches ― chock-full of anti-Trump signs ― on TV.

The protest, which started in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower by Central Park, was among more than 200 such actions planned for the weekend around the world.Last year, more than 400,000 demonstrators flooded midtown in NY for Women's March.

She said that the shame compounded when a local radio station established a "countdown" until Portman turned 18 - "euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with", she said.

Activists are returning to the streets a year after millions of people rallied worldwide at marches for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office.

Afterward, a wave of women made a decision to run for elected office and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct became a cultural phenomenon.