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Women’s March rallies staged in several cities in the U.S.

Donald Trump began his second year in office

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - In over 250 cities across the United States, hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters staged rallies as U.S. President Donald Trump began his second year in office. 

The rallies, that were staged widely across the country, came a year after millions of women demonstrated in Washington, DC and in cities around the U.S. and the world, a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president in 2017.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and several other cities, even as prominent speakers from all walks of life, blasted Trump for his policies that they claimed hurt women. 

Last year, the Women’s March was an enormous show of defiance against Trump’s past disparaging comments and views on abortion, immigration, LGBT rights and more.

The second nationwide Women's March marked the end of Trump’s tumultuous first year in office.

The event this year is titled the ‘Power to the Polls,’ and is aimed at launching a national voter registration effort ahead of the November midterm elections.

Further, the pink knit “pussy hats,” that were created for last year's march as a reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia was seen prominently as most protesters sported it across the country.

Last year, the caps became a symbol of women's empowerment and opposition to the new president in the early days of his administration.

According to reports, many speakers on Saturday highlighted the theme of sexual assault, urging all Americans to fight back against what they see as a culture that tolerates the mistreatment of women.

One of the largest marches in the country was reportedly held in Los Angeles, with the LA Mayor Eric Garcetti estimating a crowd of 600,000.

Actors Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Constance Wu, Adam Scott, Rob Reiner and several others joined the women’s march in Los Angeles.

Participating in the Los Angeles rally, actor Eva Longoria said, “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal. Everybody who has the privilege of voting must do so.”

Further, referring to sexual assault, actress and model Olivia Munn, who participated in the Los Angeles rally said that when it happens to a girl, it often means that she has to stand alone.

She added, “We will always support you, stand beside you, so you don’t have to stand alone.”

Portman meanwhile talked about feeling sexualized by the entertainment industry from the time her first film, Leon: The Professional, was released when she was 13.

She suggested it’s time for “a revolution of desire.” 

Woodard meanwhile urged everyone to register and vote, and said, “the 2018 midterms start now.” 

Davis meanwhile spoke with the passion of a preacher as she discussed the nation’s history of discrimination and her past as a sexual assault survivor.

Meanwhile, in Washington, Democratic leaders addressed a gathering that was much smaller in comparison to last year’s massive crowd.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who attended the rally along with fellow Democrats, said, “So while we have this president celebrating his one-year anniversary, let's give him an 'F' (grade) for his performance. We don't agonize, we organize.”

The marchers gathered in Chicago meanwhile were mostly female, who crowded Grant Park, with many carrying protest signs that read, “Strong women raising strong women.”

As per estimates drawn out by city officials, the size of the crowd was between 200,000 and 300,000, and organizers said it was at the higher end and slightly larger than the 2017 rally.

Trump meanwhile took to Twitter and touted what he said were economic gains of the past year that benefited women.

He wrote, “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!"

According to the Labor Department, in December, joblessness among women was 3.7 percent, below the overall U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

The main event has been scheduled to be staged in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is a U.S. swing state and the agenda would be to launch an effort to register 1 million voters and target swing states in the midterm elections.

According to organizers, Nevada is integral since it is also a microcosm of larger national issues such as immigration and gun control especially since Las Vegas became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

On Sunday, a rally is being held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' stadium 10 miles, which is southeast of the famous Strip where a gunman opened fire on a concert, killing 58 people.

 

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