Following Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, more than 500,000 people took part in the Women’s March in Washington D.C.
The Women’s March on Washington was held on the first day that the Trump administration took office as bold message to the U.S President that ‘women’s rights are human rights.’
The March was aimed at promoting women’s rights, immigration reform, and LGBTQIA rights, as well as to address racial inequalities, workers issues and environmental issues.
Ivanka Trump, has supported her father with regards to matters concerning equal pay, paid family leave and childcare.
‘As President, my father will change the labour laws that were put into place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce,” she said.
However, particulars of any such commitment have not been specified.
The U.S President’s stance on women, immigrants, religious faiths particularly Muslims, the LGBTQIA and various marginalised groups have left people up in arms about USAs new President.
The Women’s March also attracted celebrity support with the likes of America Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, Alicia Keys, Madonna, and a number of others.
The brainchild behind the Women’s March, an attorney in Hawaii, wanted to organise demonstration with a small number of friends following the election, little did she know that her small demonstration would end up being as huge as it was.
The idea went viral and a global movement was formed with more than 600 “sister marches” taking place around the globe.
Gloria Steinem, a famous American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist gave the keynote speech at the rally.
“We are linked, we are not ranked, and this is a day that will change us forever because we are together, each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again. “
“When we elect a possible president, we too often go home. We’ve elected an impossible president. We’re never going home. We’re staying together, and we’re taking over.” She added.
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