The Women's March was born of the anxiety of Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer who was outraged by Donald Trump's misogynous remarks. She thinks of making a rally in Washington the day after the nomination of the new president and simply invites her friends by creating a Facebook event. In the end, more than 200,000 people at first will tell Teresa their intention to join her, other walks in other cities like Los Angeles or New York have also been a huge success, which even extended beyond the American borders since more than 300 gatherings were planned around the world.
The Black Live Matter movement and our community joined the march with the presence of many celebrities (Ellen Page, Tegan and Sara, Camila Grey, Katherine Moennig, and so many others) and the three largest LGBTQ associations: the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD. Other celebrities, including Madonna, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson, Gloria Steinem, Michael Moore, Emma Watson, America Ferrara, Ashley Judd, Janelle Monae, to name a few, were also there.
According to one of the organizers of the march, it would be the largest movement bringing together several issues (LGBTQ rights, women's rights, Black rights, rights of immigrants, disabled people rights,...) in a single gathering.
"The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
The Women's March in numbers:
500,000 demonstrators in Los Angeles and New York
- More than one million in Washington
- Hundreds of thousands in Dallas, Boston, St Louis, Chicago, San Francisco and in other American cities; and in other countries
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