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More gather for D.C. women's march than for inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday was for red baseball caps. Saturday was for pink pussy hats.

Nearly a million people gathered south of the National Mall on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington, a protest against the inauguration of President Trump and his administration’s stances on various social issues. Other marches took place across the nation in cities including Chicago, New York City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Boston, and around the world in London; Paris; Dublin; Cape Town, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya.

The march in Washington, D.C., drew more people to the capital than Friday’s inauguration ceremonies. At the event’s start, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — Washington’s metro rail department — said about 275,000 people had ridden the metro by 11 a.m., eight times more than a normal Saturday. The WMATA said this was higher than both crowds for Trump’s and George W. Bush’s second inauguration.

Reports prior to the event suggested about 200,000 were expected to be at the march.

A variety of speakers and performers initiated the event. Speakers included leading feminist authors Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis; actresses Ashley Judd and Scarlett Johansson; singers Madonna, Janelle Monae and Alicia Keys; Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser; and various union and organization leaders. 

"This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life," Steinem said in her speech. "It is wide in age. It is deep in diversity," 

Though it was named a women's march and most of the rallying topics included female health and work rights, various other speeches were about immigration, climate change, education, safeguarding Muslims, police brutality against African-Americans and the patriarchal society. 

Scores of homemade signs with variations of "my pussy grabs back," "black lives matter" and "not my president," among others, were raised by marchers. Pink hats with corners at the top — symbolizing a vagina — were the symbol of the rallies across the world. Most were knitted or sewn at home, or were purchased from others at the march. 

Some said they came to the rally to stand up against hate, for which Trump and the Republican party are often criticized. Others said they came for their families, with some even bringing their children.

Most everyone there, however, was there for themselves. 

"Women's rights are human rights," the crowd chanted.

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