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Women's March 2.0 aims to harness Trump opposition

Women's March 2.0 aims to harness Trump opposition

The expectations for this year's marches are more modest than the explosive turnout last year, but the weekend of demonstration aims to keep the momentum of resistance rolling with the theme "Power to the Polls" - a message created to drive national voter registration and maximize women's involvement in the 2018 midterm elections, in which a record number of women are standing for election. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!

Responding to the protests, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that it was a "perfect day for all women to march" to "celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months".

"I was here past year", Beatty said.

Activists say Trump's policies rolling back birth control and equal pay protections have propelled many women into activism for the first time.

Saturday's march follows what many see as a pivotal year for women's rights, with the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp social media campaigns against sexual harassment and misconduct.

Los Angeles Mayor Mayor Eric Garcetti estimated the crowd at 600,000, and that it was largest march in the country. In Los Angeles, organizers predicted thousands of people, including state officials and celebrities, would march to City Hall.

"People were pretty damn mad last year and they're pretty damn mad this year", said Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women's March board. Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies, and many on Saturday thought about all that's happened in the past year.

"When the government shuts down, women still march", she said.

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Lauren Owensby, 51, a Sterling, Virginia, mother with five daughters, said she has a "house full of feminists" that have been on fire since Trump was elected.

Last year's march "was a rallying cry for a lot of women who wanted their voices to be heard", said Emily Patton, a spokeswoman for the Women's March.

Michelle Saunders, 41, a software saleswoman from Des Plaines, Illinois, came to the rally with her 14-year-old daughter, Bailey. I am obsessed with all the women in my life. "We have shown them that hell hath no fury like a woman underestimated".

Linda Sarsour, one of the four organizers of last year's Washington march, said Las Vegas was slotted for a major rally because it's a strategic swing state that gave Democrat Hillary Clinton a narrow win in the presidential election and will have one of the most competitive Senate races in 2018.

Rather than dwelling on the successful expansion of their cause, however, activists in Canada and overseas used the events to focus on the future.

In Montreal, amid a colourful sea of knitted caps and homemade signs, hundreds of people packed a downtown square for an event organizers characterized as a fight for the rights of women of all races, political affiliations, sexual orientations and gender identities.

More than 300 towns and cities are organizing anniversary marches and rallies, not all of them affiliated with each other.

Lush reported from St. Petersburg, Florida.


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