Women's Marches Draw Crowds in Cities across the US


REUTERS/Steve MarcusCher waves at the conclusion of her remarks during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 21, 2018.

"We march. We run".

In Morristown, New Jersey, that state's new first lady told a crowd she was a victim of sexual violence while attending college.

Natalie Portman has said the ordeal of enduring "sexual terrorism" when she was just 13 years old forced her to give up a number of acting roles. She said Trump's election led to her decision to walk away from a job where she prosecuted large corporate tax cases.

According to organizers, almost 30,000 people - including women and others who support women's rights or oppose Trump's agenda - gathered to march Sunday morning.

Thousands of people on two continents picked up the baton from the United States and rallied Sunday in solidarity with women demanding equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment.

Boo Geyer, organizer of a rally in Vancouver, said the message has already begun to reach a wider audience.

Women's marches were held in USA cities, and London, Paris, Rome and Berlin, to mark the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration.

"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", the Republican wrote.

Protesters in the German capital carry large #MeToo Berlin banner
Women's Marches Draw Crowds in Cities across the US

Last year's March in Washington sparked debate over inclusion, with some transgender minority women complaining that the event seemed designed for white women born female.

Some protesters held signs reading, "Grab him by the midterms", a reference to a 2005 recording that emerged just before the presidential election in which Mr. Trump boasted about grabbing women's genitals.

In New York, scheduled speakers included Ashley Bennett, a Democrat who was elected Atlantic County, New Jersey, freeholder last November.

"When our country was in free fall, the Women's March got us out of our despair and out of our homes and into the streets", said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and a key speaker at the rally. Women continue to be more likely than men to strongly disapprove of Trump by significant margins across class and racial groups, according to a SurveyMonkey report of polls aggregated throughout 2017.

Thousands of Canadian women looked to the future while acknowledging the past on Saturday as they took to the streets for a second co-ordinated round of protest marches.

"If you care about winning back the House, flipping the Senate, then I urge you to support Democratic candidates all across the country", Gillibrand told a cheering crowd. "We can not rest", said Pam Morris in Washington. By mid-morning, people gathered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Raleigh, North Carolina.

In Palm Beach, a group of women wearing red cloaks and white hats like the characters in the book and TV show "The Handmaid's Tale" marched in formation, their heads bowed, AP reported.

People take part in the Women's March in Manhattan in New York City. And for me, moving forward means my daughter growing up in a world where she doesn't have to be a victim of what has cruelly become the social norm. Ms. Aron said that she was especially disheartened by Mr. Trump's attacks on the press and on anyone he perceives as an adversary.

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Trump that the people of Norway work very hard and Nielsen said the president would like to admit people with skills into the U.S. Nielsen said what struck her during the meeting was "the general profanity that was used in the room by nearly everyone".