An estimated one million people took to the streets of Washington DC to protest against new President Donald Trump, with more than 2.5million demonstrating across the country joined by hundreds more marches around the globe.
Washington DC, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia were among the first cities in America to kick off the Women’s Marches on Saturday, one day after Trump’s inauguration.
Sister marches were held in more than 600 cities around the world. In Trump’s hometown of New York, a crowd estimated at about 400,000 filled the streets. In Los Angeles 750,000 demonstrators were estimated to have turned out.
Pink pussyhats – knitted beanies with cat ears – became the accessory of the march in reference to Trump’s quote ‘grab her by the pussy’.
A District of Columbia official said the sheer volume of people in Washington DC meant that there could not be a formal march from the protest stage near the Capitol in DC because the planned route was filled with hundreds of thousands of protesters physically unable to move. The crowd moved toward the Ellipse, an area of the National Mall in front of the White House.
The sight in DC was in stark contrast to the crowd that watched Trump take the oath of office – the National Mall was filled to brim on Saturday with women.
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Demonstrators are seen on The Ellipse outside the White House during the Women’s March on Washington as night begun to fall on Saturday
An estimated one million people are believed to have taken to the streets on Washington DC (pictured) to protest against President Donald Trump
The National Mall in DC was completely filled with a sea of protesters during the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday
The thousands of people who descended on Washington wore pink hats and waved banners against the president
Onlookers line the sidewalks for a women’s march that brought tens of thousands of protesters to Seattle
Demonstrators clinging to placards fill the streets of Midtown, Manhattan in New York as they protest against Trump
Demonstrators march across 42nd Street in New York, The Donald’s hometown. It was estimated 400,000 demonstrated in the Big Apple
Protesters fill the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the Women’s March. It was estimated 750,000 turned out there
The tens of thousands of people who turned out for the women’s march in Chicago have spilled into the city’s downtown streets
The march is expected to be largest inauguration-related protest in US history and comes the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. Pictured: Washington
Three times as many bus parking permits were requested for the Women’s March than Trump’s own inauguration in Washington
A huge crowd of people could be seen in front of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington hours before the march began
The Shady Grove metro stop in DC was completely packed with protesters at 8.30am on Saturday morning
John Kerry, who served as Barack Obama’s secretary of state until this week, walked his dog alongside marchers on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Trump got a view of the protesters in Washington DC from the window of his limo. His motorcade was on its way back to the White House from a prayer service when he passed several prominent groups of protesters.
As he crossed one intersection, cars started honking loudly.
Initial figures from transportation officials in Washington suggest more people may be on the National Mall for the women’s march than came for Trump’s inauguration.
As of 11am Saturday, 275,000 people had taken trips on the city’s subway system. On Inauguration Day, 193,000 trips had been taken as of that time, and the rail system opened an hour earlier that day, at 4am.
Saturday’s ridership figures were more than eight times a normal Saturday and busier than most weekdays.
In addition, some 1,800 buses were registered to park in the city. Greyhound reported adding more buses from New York. And a commuter rail system in Washington added five times its normal capacity to help deal with the crowds.
One person traveling to attend the march revealed Saturday morning that all the rest stops had been packed with buses heading to DC.
‘Our driver said he’s never seen anything like this before,’ they added.
Lines to buy metro tickets in DC stretched past blocks as protesters flooded the stations and trains as they made their way to the march.
Stoplights could be seen jutting from above the crowd filled with colorful posters and pink hats in Washington DC
Not an inch of the street in DC could be seen as the protesters packed tight to show their support for women’s rights
Some protesters climbed onto a wall in DC and took in the immense crowd before them as they watched the rally kick-off
Friday: The sight in DC as the protesters marched was in stark contrast to the crowd that watched Trump take the oath of office (pictured)
Saturday: With the U.S. Capitol in the background, a crowd overflows onto the National Mall during the Women’s March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency
The difference a day makes: Protesters are seen left on Saturday while the stage for the inauguration is seen right
The march on Saturday is seen right and crowds at the inauguration are pictured left
MORE THAN 2.5MILLION JOIN WOMEN’S MARCH IN THE US
WASHINGTON D.C. – ONE MILLION
Organizers of the march in the nation’s capital had told police they expected 200,000 people to attend, but reporters covering the event said it appeared bigger than that, with a dense crowd stretching for about a mile (1.6 km) through the heart of the capital. Organizers said early estimates pointed to more than one million, while police and the Park Service declined to give numbers.
LOS ANGELES – 750,000
Organizers in LA pinned the crowd at 750,000 with Los Angeles police saying it was as big or bigger than the 2006 pro-immigration march that drew 500,000. People packed into six blocks running up to City Hall and an overflow crowd spilled onto other streets in downtown L.A.
NEW YORK CITY – 400,000
Some 400,000 people filled Midtown Manhattan, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. They marched from the United Nations headquarters along 42nd Street and up Fifth Avenue to Trump Tower, the president’s residence and business headquarters before he moved to the White House.
CHICAGO – 200,000
Police said between 125,000 and 150,000 marchers gathered on an unseasonably warm day in Grant Park, the site of Barack Obama’s victory rally in 2008 after he won the presidential election that year. Organizers put the number today at 200,000. Officials closed access to the park once it became full and organizers suspended a planned march through the city’s downtown area because of the crowd’s size, though some marched on anyway.
BOSTON – 200,000
A crowd estimated at 120,000 to 125,000 people turned out in Boston, according to CNN, which cited a senior police official. Organizers estimated 200,000 people. One of the best known faces among the crowd was U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing.
DENVER – 100,000
In the Mile-High City, a crowd estimated at 100,000 gathered at Civic Center Park near the state capitol for a day of speech-making and musical performance. It was the largest of 13 rallies scheduled across the state of Colorado.
Los Angeles hosted one of the largest marches, with organizers pinning the crowd at 750,000 and Los Angeles police saying it was as big or bigger than the 2006 pro-immigration march that drew 500,000.
People packed into six blocks running up to City Hall and an overflow crowd spilled onto other streets in downtown L.A.
Singer Miley Cyrus and Mayor Eric Garcetti were among the dozens of Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries, many of whom marched behind a vanguard of women motorcyclists clad in black leather.
‘I’m here because I believe the future of our country demands participation at a level we have let slide for too long,’ said Kristy Peterson, a 37-year-old educational consultant who wore an American flag like a cape and a pink hat knitted by her mother.
Some 400,000 people filled Midtown Manhattan, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
They marched from the United Nations headquarters along 42nd Street and up Fifth Avenue to Trump Tower, the president’s residence and business headquarters before he moved to the White House.
‘I’m heartened by the turnout and all the sister marches across the world,’ Megan Schulz, a 42-year-old director of communications from Brooklyn, said. ‘I think it’s a beautiful thing.’
In Chicago police said between 125,000 and 150,000 marchers gathered on an unseasonably warm day in Grant Park, the site of Barack Obama’s victory rally in 2008 after he won the presidential election that year. Organizers put the number at 200,000.
Speakers included Muslim leaders and activists for immigrant and transgender rights.
Officials closed access to the park once it became full and organizers suspended a planned march through the city’s downtown area because of the crowd’s size, though some marched on anyway.
‘We just can’t stand by and let him work his negative ways on this county,’ Constance Cameron, a 68-year-old high-school English teacher, said.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the best-known figures of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and U.S. Senator Edward Markey at Boston Common.
‘We are here, we will not be silent, we will not play dead, we will fight for what we believe in,’ Warren told a crowd estimated at 120,000 to 125,000 people, according to CNN, which cited a senior police official. Organizers estimated 200,000 people.
A crowd estimated at 100,000 gathered at Civic Center Park near the state capitol in Denver for a day of speech-making and musical performance.
It was the largest of 13 rallies scheduled across the state of Colorado.
And in Toronto a peaceful crowd of marchers headed to City Hall of the Canadian city and onwards to the U.S. consulate building, with a police supervisor estimating that between 10,000 and 13,000 people were in attendance.
An all-female list of speakers included indigenous elders and activists, while an effigy of Trump was left in battered shape by a group of school-age girls.
The sheer popularity of the marches was evident throughout the country’s office supplies stores as people scrambled to buy materials to make protest signs.
Stores from New York to Maryland to Colorado had sold out of poster board, with numerous protesters sharing photos on social media of empty shelves.
One shop worker at a DC Office Max said protesters for the Women’s March ‘bought up everything’.
Thousands of protesters walk around the Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane on Saturday
Walking in Memphis: People march along Second Street from the Shelby County Courthouse to the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis
Protesters fill the street during a women’s march in Seattle. There were over 600 marches held worldwide on Saturday
Trump got a view of the protesters in town from the window of his limo. His motorcade was on its way back to the White House from a prayer service when he passed protesters
A protester carries a life-size carboard cutout of Hillary Clinton at the Women’s March in Washington DC
A sea of pink hats: Hundreds of protesters are seen above peacefully gathered on the streets of Washington DC
Many of the march’s organizers became visibly emotional as they looked at the sea of women before them wearing knitted beanies with cat ears that have become the unofficial accessory of the march, believed to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in US history.
‘You look great, I wish you could see yourselves its like an ocean,’ feminist icon Gloria Steinem said as she began her speech at the official Women’s March on Washington rally.
‘Thank you for understanding that sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are, sometimes pressing send is not enough,’ she began.
‘This unites us with those around the world who don’t have computers, or electricity or literacy, but have the same dreams and beliefs.’
‘You look great, I wish you could see yourselves its like an ocean,’ feminist icon Gloria Steinem said as she began her speech at the official Women’s March on Washington rally
(L-R back row) Ginny Suss, Carmen Perez, Gloria Steinem, Linda Sarsour and (front row) Mia Ives-Rublee. Steinem touched base on violence against females, abortion rights, the danger of a Muslim registry and provided a message from the Women’s March in Berlin ‘that walls don’t work’ during her speech
Steinem touched base on violence against females, abortion rights, the danger of a Muslim registry and provided a message from the Women’s March in Berlin ‘that walls don’t work’ during her speech.
‘I have met the people, and you are not them,’ Steinem said of Trump. ‘Just this march on Washington today required a thousand more buses than the entire inauguration.’
‘This is the upside of the downside. This is the outpouring of true democracy that I have never seen in my long life.
‘It is wide in age, deep in diversity, and remember the Constitution does not begin with ‘I, the president’. It begins with ‘We, the people.’
‘We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled, we will work for a world where all countries are decorated.’
‘We are at one with each other, we are looking at each other – not up,’ she concluded.
‘We are linked, we are not ranked. This is a day that will change us forever because we are together, each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again.
In Washington DC other speakers included actress Scarlett Johansson and pop singer Madonna.
The Secret Service has allegedly said they will open an investigation into pop singer Madonna after her intense speech at the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday afternoon
Donning a black p***yhat, the music icon caused controversy by dropping the F-bomb four times, causing a slew of apologies from broadcasters airing the protest live. She went on to speak of her rage at the election result, telling the crowd she had thought a lot about ‘blowing up the White House’ but knew that it ‘wouldn’t change anything’
Donning a black pussyhat, Madonna caused controversy by dropping the F-bomb four times, sparking a slew of apologies from broadcasters airing the protest live.
She went on to speak of her rage at the election result, telling the crowd she had thought a lot about ‘blowing up the White House’ but knew that it ‘wouldn’t change anything’.
The Secret Service has reportedly said it will open an investigation into her threats.
According to the Gateway Pundit, a spokesman for the Secret Service said they were ‘aware’ of Madonna’s comments and will open an investigation, but the ultimate decision whether or not to prosecute is the decision of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Daily Mail Online has reached out to the Secret Service for a comment.
Madonna stated: ‘I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything.
‘We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W. H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War Two, ‘We must love one another or die.’ I choose love. Are you with me?’
Her speech was met with raucous applause from the crowd at the National Mall for the march.
Scarlett Johansson is seen in Washington D.C. left following her speech at the historic Women’s March on Washington and, right, during the speech
A Trump supporter and a protester scuffle during the Women’s March On Washington on Saturday
As of 11am Saturday, 275,000 people had taken trips on the Washington DC’s subway system – nearly 100,000 more than those who had taken the metro on Inauguration Day
The protesters turned DC into a sea of pink thanks to their ‘p***yhats’, the official accessory of the demonstration
Demonstrators arrive on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Women’s March on Saturday
Movie director Michael Moore also spoke to the crowd in Washington DC saying: ‘Look at this, I can’t even see the end of the crowd.
‘We’re gonna have a million people here today! Look at this!’
Moore called on the crowd to get active in politics during Trump’s reign, calling on them to call their representatives daily, take over the Democratic party and run for office.
‘Mr Trump we are here to vow to end the Trump carnage,’ Moore said.
‘The majority of Americans did not want Donald J Trump in the White House,’ Moore continued. ‘And we are here today as their representatives.
‘I woke up this morning, picked up the Washington Post, and the headline read ‘Trump takes power’.
‘I don’t think so, here’s the power, here’s the majority of America, right here,’ he said as the crowd erupted in cheers and he ripped up a copy of the paper. ‘We are the majority.’
Director Michael Moore was also in attendance at the march and was one of the speakers at the official rally
Movie director Michael Moore also spoke to the crowd in Washington DC saying: ‘Look at this, I can’t even see the end of the crowd
‘I woke up this morning, picked up the Washington Post, and the headline read ‘Trump takes power’. ‘I don’t think so, here’s the power, here’s the majority of America, right here,’ he said as the crowd erupted in cheers and he ripped up a copy of the paper. ‘We are the majority.’
America Ferrera kicked off the rally as she told the crowd ‘If we don’t fight together…we lose together’
Actress America Ferrera had kicked off the proceedings in Washington DC saying: ‘The president is not America, his cabinet is not America.
‘We are America, and we are here to stay. We march for our families, for our neighbors, for our futures.
‘We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our president is waging a war.
‘We are gathered here across the country and the world to say Mr Trump we refuse,’ Ferrera said.
She continued: ‘We reject the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters, we demand an end to the systematic murder and incarceration of our black brothers and sisters, we will not give our rights to safe and legal abortions, we will not ask our LGBTQ families to go backwards, we will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance.’
‘We won’t build walls and we won’t see the worst in each other and we won’t turn our backs on the more than 750,000 young immigrants in this country.’
‘Together we, all of us, will fight, resist and oppose every action that threatens the lives and dignity of any and all of our communities.’
‘Marchers, make no mistake. We are, every single one of us, on attack. Our safety and freedom are on the chopping block and we are the only ones who can protect one another.
‘If we don’t fight together…we lose together.’
Sophia Bush, Uzo Aduba and America Ferrera are pictured together at the Washington DC rally holding a placard saying ‘what Meryl said’
Actress Ashley Judd read a poem that compared Donald Trump to Hitler. Judd was reciting a poem written by a 19-year-old from Tennessee when she read the line: ‘I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee
Ashley Judd lit up Twitter during the rally as she read a poem written by a 19-year-old from Tennessee that included the lines: ‘I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee,’ a clear reference to Trump
The poem was a celebration of ‘nasty women’, as Trump so famously called Hillary Clinton during a debate before the presidential election. Judd is seen facing the huge crowd
And while Trump struggled to rally celebrity support for the inauguration, his new neighborhood was flooded with stars ready to protest against him.
Actress Ashley Judd read a poem that compared Donald Trump to Hitler.
Judd was reciting a poem written by a 19-year-old from Tennessee when she read the line: ‘I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee.’
The poem was a celebration of ‘nasty women’, as Trump so famously called Hillary Clinton during a debate before the presidential election.
‘I am a nasty women,’ Judd began as she read the poem. ‘I’m not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust.
‘I’m not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, your wet dreams infused with your own genes,’ she read later, clearly referencing Ivanka.
‘I’m not as nasty as confederate flags being tattooed across my cities, maybe the south is actually going to rise, maybe for some it never really fell.’
The Capitol loomed in the gray sky as protesters turned the streets pink with their hats and outfits
Gloria Steinem said in her speech that a thousand more buses were needed for the march than Trump’s inauguration
A group of protesters smile with their signs as they stand on Independence Avenue in DC before the official rally began
One protester donned a Donald Trump head to protest the incoming president, who was attending a prayer service
One DC resident shared this photo of marchers as they made their way to the National Mall on Saturday morning
One women excitedly holds her sign, in reference to Trump’s infamous ‘grab her by the p***y’ quote, in Washington, DC
Protesters of all ages were spotted gearing up for the protest, including this adorable girl in Washington, DC
Protesters could also be seen gathering for the Women’s March on Philadelphia, one of the 600 sister marches
The enthusiastic crowd brought instruments as they cheered and chanted during the protest
A woman yells at a man dressed as Adolf Hitler during a protest of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump at a women’s march; it is unclear why the man was dressed as the Nazi leader
Roused by fiery speeches, the protesters sent out a resounding message of rebuke and resistance the day after the Republican hardliner took office with a vow to roll back the legacy of his predecessor.
‘It feels amazing’ to join women pushing back against Trump’s divisive, discriminating and threatening rhetoric, said 16-year-old Maria Iman, who traveled to Washington with fellow high school students from Illinois.
‘I’m part of history and one day will tell my children about this.’
Educator Tanya Gaxiola, 39, who flew in from Tucson, Arizona, expressed concern that Trump will seek to restrict abortion laws and otherwise clamp down on women’s rights.
‘He’s a narcissist and seeks approval, and this is a big display of disapproval,’ Gaxiola said. ‘Hopefully, it catches his attention.’
‘Women won’t back down,’ ‘Women’s rights are human rights’ and ‘Thank you Trump – you turned me into an activist,’ read some of the thousands of handmade signs held aloft in the capital.
Massive numbers of American women in pink ‘p***yhats’ began posting photos of themselves headed to march on the capital in protest of the new president on Friday and Saturday morning
Women lined up at the Port Authority in New York as they waited for buses to take them to DC as early as 3am Saturday
One woman could be seen making her sign as this bus headed from Brooklyn to Washington DC
The capital’s metro stations were completely packed as protesters made their way to the demonstration
Demonstrators fill Union Station in DC with their signs as they head to the National Mall for the demonstration
Massive numbers of women in pink ‘p***yhats’ posted photos of themselves headed to march on the capital on Friday as well
Some photos show women wearing the hats, many also donning Hillary Clinton and ‘Nasty Woman’ shirts
Alicia Keys made a surprise appearance at the rally, performing a spoken word piece inspired by poet Maya Angelou
The legendary singer kept herself wrapped up from the DC chill as she watched the massive crowd of fellow women
Yoko Ono, who famously gave her signature wail when Trump was elected, was also in attendance at the march
Actress Emma Watson, who is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, was also at the march
Comedian Amy Schumer sported a NASA astronaut costume as she made her way to the march
Julia Roberts sported her own p***yhat as she showed her support at the demonstration
Shake It Up Actress Bella Thorne and model Chrissy Teigen also made their way from Hollywood to DC for the event
Chelsea Handler and Charlize Theron were at the forefront of the Women’s March in Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Festival is currently taking place
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal was spotted in the crowd as he intently listened to the speeches during the rally in Washington
Meanwhile actress Rosie Perez was spotted at the Women’s March on New York
Huge crowds are pictured protesting against new President Donald Trump in New York. One demonstrator holds a sign reading: ‘You’re gonna get unpresidented so hard!’
Whoopie Goldberg was one of the stars taking part in Women’s Marches accross the country. She is pictured wearing a pink hat in New York
‘And the world will live as one’: Crowds gather in New York during President Donald Trump’s first day in office
The movement has inspired the globe, and marches will also be taking place in London, Sydney, Auckland, Berlin, Brussels and Madrid (pictured), among others
Activist Sarah Williamson holds a placard during the Women’s March rally in Kolkata, India
Protesters attend a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany
Hundreds of people walk through Bristol in the UK in a Women’s March, to protest against Trump
Some of the signs took a humorous turn, with one protester even pairing her placard with a cat-themed mask on Saturday in Madrid
Protesters stood at the Old Port of Marseilles in southern France to protest Trump
The streets of London were filled with protesters taking part in their own Women’s March as they walked to Trafalgar Square
One London family brought a life-sized cut out of Barack Obama to accompany them during the protest
One London woman used the Statue of Liberty as her costume inspiration as she participated in the protest
Trafalgar Square was filled to the brim with men and women as they protested the world’s newest leader, a day after Trump promised he would put ‘America first’
The biggest protest in more than a decade was believed to have taken place in Los Angeles – possibly with more than 500,000 people
Protesters listen to a speaker as they gather for the Women’s March against President Donald Trump on Saturday
Mark Hughes protests outside of Trump Tower on Saturday January 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois
Hear me ROAR: Vanessa Hudgens showed up to march for the Women’s March in the Los Angeles wearing a conductor’s hat and jewels under her eyes
Miley Cyrus represented her non-profit Happy Hippie Foundation while joining the march in a unique ensemble in LA
Mom plus one: A very pregnant Natalie Portman showed up in support of the movement wearing a ‘We should all be feminists’ t-shirt
No idleness here: Kesha came out with a handmade sweater reading ‘President, I DARE you to ‘grab’ me by the p***y’
After the event concluded in Grant Park, Chicago, people began flooding nearby streets, chanting and waving signs protesting President Donald Trump
Chicago organizers said the planned march through downtown Chicago had to be canceled due to public safety concerns
Thousands of people marched through Atlanta one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration
A woman carrying a sign reading ‘This is not America’ marches through Atlanta during a Women’s March
Thousands of people marched through the streets of Atlanta. Protests were held across the world on Saturday
Americans abroad came out to protest against their new president. Pictured is a woman in Geneva, Switzerland
Protesters take to the streets of Cape Town during a women’s rights and anti Trump march to Parliament
One South African man held up an American flag in solidarity with women in the US as he joined the march
Swathes of protesters are pictured making their way through the streets of London on Saturday. While the march organisers’ ‘mission and vision’ statement never mentions Trump the unifying factor among those turning out appeared to be a loathing for the new US president
Thousands of protesters packed Trafalgar Square to listen to speeches in London after taking part in the women’s march
Large crowds gathered in the heart of Paris to take part in the Women’s Parch, part of a worldwide day of action following Trump’s inauguration
Anti-Trump placards are held at a rally in Bangalore, in southern India, against the new President of the USA
Demonstrators make their way during the Women’s March in Barcelona, Spain
Protesters in Prague made their opposition to Trump’s Presidency known, holding up images of him and Vladimir Putin
Large numbers marched at the Women’s March in Toronto, Canada, in one of more than 30 events organised in the country