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Women's Marches: Asia Argento, Handmaids, and More Call Out Injustice

21 January 2018

This Monday is the anniversary of the first Women's March on Washington, one of the most inspiring events in United States civil rights history, but you'd be forgiven for being confused about how different parts of the USA are celebrating it this weekend.

"One year ago, the day after President Trump was sworn into office, something extraordinary happened: We saw the rebirth of the women's movement when thousands of women and men came together for the #WomensMarch, the single largest global protest in history", Gillibrand tweeted at 1:38 p.m. In 2017, the Women's March on Washington drew a large crowd who marched in protest of Trump's election.

Marches took place in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City and other places across the US and the world, with marches reported in Rome, Frankfurt, Germany; Kampala, Uganda and Osaka, Japan.

The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities were a reprise of the mass protests that marked the beginning of Mr Trump's presidency.

Marches in L.A., San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento are among some 200 planned around the world this weekend in opposition to Trump policies and to protest sexual assault and harassment.

There are also marches and events planned in dozens of cities overseas, including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Kampala, Uganda; London; Bangkok; Beijing; and Sydney. Other signs supported reproductive, immigration and health care rights.

The march will start at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial at 11 a.m., where speakers will lead a rally to kick off the event.

Mary Suda, 58, and Jane Suda, 54, appear in New York City for the Women's March on January 20, 2018.

"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.

In Philadelphia, marchers - many wearing pink cat-ear hats - walked along Benjamin Franklin Parkway chanting "Show me what democracy looks like".

"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", Donald Trump went on to add, while noting, "Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!"

The organizers for the Sunday rally are striving for greater inclusion this year, with Latina and transgender female speakers, said Carmen Perez, another co-chair of the 2017 Washington march.

"Last year, I was angry", said Denver marcher Anya Chavez, 14, who came with her younger sister and parents.

Organizers chose Nevada to host the main event this year because it "was rocked by the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, recent sexual assault allegations against elected officials and has become a battleground state that will shape the Senate in 2018", according to the Women's March website. "They need to talk to them about why they vote against their own interests, why they vote for people like Trump and Moore". "I would not be surprised if they got more than that this year".

"This next stage of the movement will channel the energy and activism of the Women's March into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018", the organization wrote on its website.

She said she sees many patients anxious about losing their health insurance.

"It's really important for people to recognize that every election matters, not just the big presidential election", Greenberg said.

March in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, with celebrities like Viola Davis, Laverne Cox and Natalie Portman and politicians like Senator Kamala Harris, who will all attend.

"Women are scared to speak and because I was vilified by everything I said, I was called a prostitute for being raped", Argento said.