Women's Marches draw large crowds on second day


With protests taking place in New York City, Washington, D.C. and other locations, Trump made a decision to send out a tweet in praise of the #Women's March on January 20. Sister rallies also took place in several European cities. Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies, and many on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year.

A demonstrator holds a sign during the Women's March on Washington on January 20.

"Beautiful weather all over our great country", Trump tweeted, "a ideal day for all Women to March".

"People were pretty damn mad last year and they're pretty damn mad this year", said Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women's March board.

The president took to Twitter to ask women to celebrate the "historic milestones and unprecedented economic success" of the a year ago.

Trump, who marked the one-year anniversary of his inauguration Saturday, also boasted about the "lowest female unemployment in 18 years!"

The march this year was more of a coordinated movement to build political opposition to Trump and Republicans for the upcoming mid-term elections.

From Washington DC to Chicago and from California to Japan, crowds of women and their supporters turned out, seeking to channel activism into political change as the USA looks ahead to crucial mid-term elections in November.

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"So while we have this president celebrating his one-year anniversary, let's give him an "F" (grade) for his performance", House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said while flanked by fellow Democrats. "And I never thought in a million years that I'd have to be doing this again to bring focus to women's rights".

Over the past year, stories about unequal pay for women and sexual harassment by powerful men have come to the forefront of the national conversation. Las Vegas is hosting the kick off to the Women's March campaign "Power to the Polls".

Organizers said the platform for the 2018 women's march is expanding.

Baxa said she was motivated to march "by a myriad of things", including a certain "horrific phrase" said by the president. "I think we need to make the difference in 2018".

The Washington rally featured Democratic politicians from neighbouring Virginia, including Senator Tim Kaine, who blamed Mr Trump and Republicans for the shutdown of the government on Saturday.

Early in the morning, people were already on the move to join the rally west of Central Park, which was well attended and overflowing with "energy, empowerment and unity", New Yorkers Lisa and Merely told Efe after the march.

"I'm sick to my stomach every day, and I find myself working on not being angry, because there's only so much we can do".

And with that, the Women's March was born, soon to become the largest coordinated protest in the country's history, according to the organization's website.