By Tim Johnson, Stuart Leavenworth and Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Tens of thousands joined marches and rallies in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver and dozens of other U.S. cities, and women’s rallies also were held in foreign cities like London, Paris, Sydney, Ottawa and Nairobi.
Hundreds of thousands of people streamed into the nation’s capital Saturday for a march in support of women’s rights and civil rights, the largest of dozens of marches in the United States and around the world that signaled the rocky road ahead for President Donald Trump a day after his inauguration.
Washington’s public transportation system nearly ground to a halt as big crowds traveled to the Women’s March on Washington rally on the National Mall, easily dwarfing the crowd gathered for Trump’s inauguration Friday.
Tens of thousands joined marches and rallies in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver and dozens of other U.S. cities, and women’s rallies also were held in foreign cities like London, Paris, Sydney, Ottawa and Nairobi.
“I was just talking to people from our many sister marches, including the one in Berlin, and they asked me to send a special message: ‘We in Berlin know that walls don’t work,'” said the event’s honorary co-chair, Gloria Steinem.
Before her was a sea of people, many wearing pink knit caps, the symbol of the march. Thousands waved signs and placards, some bearing angry messages, others in a more humorous vein. “Where do I even start?” said one sign.
“It’s an extraordinary day,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, a newly installed Democrat from California. “We are at an inflection point in the history of our country.”
The marches demonstrated the country’s deep divisions and brought to the fore groups that repudiate Trump, domestically and globally, and his vision of the country, which some see as exclusionary. If nothing else, the marches signaled a combative mood among Trump’s opponents. Protest issues ranged far beyond women’s rights to include Trump’s relations with Russia, government surveillance, concern about billionaire leaders and migrant rights.