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The Women's March (also known as the Women's March Movement, or the Women's March on Washington, and its Sister Marches), was a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017, in support of women's rights and other causes including immigration reform, health care reform, protection of the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and for workers' rights. The rallies were aimed at Donald Trump, immediately following his inauguration President of the United States, and especially at his statements and positions some regarded as anti-women or in other ways reprehensible It stands as the largest one-day protest in U.S. history.
Speaker, Ericka Hart is no stranger to the spotlight. The breast-cancer survivor, who identifies as queer, made headlines last year after she went to music festival Afropunk fully topless, proudly showing off her double mastectomy scars, to increase visibility for black women with the disease. So it comes as no surprise that Hart was front and centre for the Women's March. Attending the protest in Philadelphia, the 30-year-old took to the stage — with her warrior scars once again confidently in full display — to argue the importance of inclusivity in feminism moving forward. And made no qualms about calling out those who have long overlooked the trials of marginalized cis and trans women of color.
The first protest was planned in Washington, D.C., and was known as the Women's March on Washington. It was organized as a grassroots movement, and it aimed to "send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights". The march drew at least half a million in Washington, and some estimates put worldwide participation at 4.8 million, according to WomensMarch.com on January 23, 2017. At least 408 marches were planned in the U.S. and 168 in 81 other countries.
After the march, officials behind the organization reported 673 marches took place worldwide, including 29 in Canada and 20 in Mexico. In Washington D.C. alone, the protests were the largest political demonstrations since the anti–Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and 1970s, with both protests drawing in similar numbers. The Women's March crowds were generally peaceful, and no arrests were made in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle, where an estimated combined total of 2 million people marched.