There is no doubt that Saturday's global Women's March events were the largest one-day demonstration in political history. The stunning turnouts worldwide made it clear that women -- and in particular women of color -- will be leading the opposition to President Donald Trump.
Veteran feminist writer Rebecca Traister pegged the crowds in America: it drew somewhere north of 680,000 to Washington, D.C., 750,000 to Los Angeles, 400,000 to New York City, 250,000 to Chicago, 100,000 each to Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, the Twin Cities, and Portland Oregon; and crowds of thousands to smaller cities, including 11,000 to Ann Arbor, 5,000 to Lexington, Kentucky, 8,000 to Honolulu, and 20,000 to Houston. There were 2,000 protesters in Anchorage, Alaska, and 1,000 in Jackson, Mississippi. Demonstrations took place on all seven continents, including Antarctica.
Even Jared Kushner's brother Joshua showed up at the DC march and apparently without supermodel girlfriend Karlie Kloss. A Clinton supporter, Kushner, who said he was "observing" was spotted by Washingtonian editor Jussica Sidman.
Traister tackles the tough question that even Donald Trump Tweeted today: where were all of these people -- especially the younger ones -- on November 8, voting day? Related to that question was the unfortunate decision by the Women's March organizers not to include Hillary Clinton's name on its list of women honored as being a fighter for women's rights. The ommission was frankly staggering and created the hashtag #AddHerName in an effort to change minds and -- in the least -- point out the glaring problem. Many people criticized the decision to omit Clinton, and I'll deal with that as a separate article.
Inside a Bus Full of Women Headed to DC for the Women's March Broadly
We're heading north on I-85 toward Washington, D.C. in a five-bus convoy that departed Greenville, South Carolina at 10:00 PM Friday night. We're on our way to the march.
Our group, which is sponsored by Greenville Democratic Women and the Greenville Democrat Party and includes nearly 300 demonstrators, will be meeting up with a couple hundred thousand others in just a few hours to join the Women's March on Washington.
The individuals around me are strangers, technically. I've never met them, and I'm not a member of either of their organizations; in fact, I don't even reside in the same state. (I flew up from Orlando, Florida a couple days ago to accompany my mom on the trip.) However, friendship blossoms easily on such a journey, and I've already learned much about my companions. They are, of course, mothers, daughters, sisters, wives — but they're also tutors, community organizers, activists, students, writers, photographers, tech professionals. They're as kind as I'd hoped and more solemn than I'd expected.
Cass Bird Captures the Women Marching on Washington Vogue