An organized 'Women's March' was held across all seven continents today, also becoming the largest collective protest in American history. Originally planned for Washington D.C., a total of 673 'sister protests' spread worldwide, with crowds reaching an estimated size of 4-5 million people across the globe.
The march's purpose, according to their website: "The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us ... immigrants ... those of diverse religious faiths ... LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault ... our communities are hurting and scared ... We join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore ... [we] will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office ... we stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
THE MAIN EVENT
The D.C. event had a full line-up of speakers, which included professors, authors, activists, business leaders, and many high-profile speakers, such as Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, and celebrities like America Ferrera, Michael Moore, and Scarlett Johansson.
Reported crowd sizes for major U.S. cities:also took place in nearly every major American city, as well as foreign hubs like Paris, London, Sydney, Berlin, Cape Town, and more. Thanks to a small group of protestors living in Antarctica, the protests quite literally spread to all seven continents.
No arrests were made in either the Los Angeles, Washington D.C., or New York City protests.