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US Marches for Women's Rights Slam Trump, Encourage Voting

On Saturday, Washington D.C. — the home of the last year's women's march that was the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history — hosted a "March on the Polls" to encourage women to take an active roll in politics in 2018

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    Women's March 2018: Resist, Vote, Take Action

    People participated in women's marches nationally with a message of taking action. Last year the marchers voiced their discontent. This year, they are pledging to vote, run for office, and elect new politicians in the 2018 midterm elections. (Published Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018)

    Demonstrators from Los Angeles to New York marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.

    People marched in Casper, Wyoming, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Houston. In Park City, Utah, where the annual Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, actress Jane Fonda and nationally known attorney Gloria Allred joined the women's march.

    Tens of thousands of them marched in cities up and down the West Coast. Actress Viola Davis addressed members of the Los Angeles crowd, many of whom carried signs like "Real news, fake president."

    Also in Los Angeles, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Scarlett Johansson, Constance Wu, Adam Scott and Rob Reiner were among the celebrities who addressed a crowd of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators.

    2018 Women’s March Draws Thousands Across the Country

    [NATL] 2018 Women’s March Draws Thousands Across the Country

    Thousands marched all over the country in support of women’s rights.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018)

    Woodard urged everyone to register and vote, saying, "the 2018 midterms start now." And Davis spoke with the passion of a preacher as she discussed the nation's history of discrimination and her past as a sexual assault survivor.

    On Saturday, Washington D.C. — the home of the last year's women's march that was the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history — hosted a "March on the Polls" to encourage women to take an active roll in politics in 2018.

    Critics of the weekend's marches said the demonstrations were really a protest against Trump. More rallies were planned at other cities on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon that it was a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" that's happened during his first year in office — while women across the nation rallied against him and his policies.

    "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. "Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!"

    But demonstrators denounced Trump's views with colorful signs and even saltier language.

    Oklahoma City protesters chanted "We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter!" One woman donned a T-shirt with the likeness of social justice icon Woody Guthrie, who wrote "This Land Is Your Land."

    Members of the group Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Seattle burned sage and chanted in front of Seattle's rainy march.

    In Richmond, Virginia, the crowd burst into cheers when a woman ran down the middle of the street carrying a pink flag with the word "Resist."

    The march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday took on the feel of a political rally when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats, urged women to run for office and vote to oppose Trump and the Republicans' agenda.

    "We march, we run, we vote, we win," Pelosi said, to applause.

    Trump's main opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Democratic former U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton, said the Women's March last year was "a beacon of hope and defiance."

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    Halsey, whose given name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, read a powerful, personal poem about her experiences with rape, abuse and miscarriage — experiences that many other women have as well. "This is the beginning, not the finale," she told the crowd," and that's why we're here, that's why we rally."

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018)

    "In 2018, it is a testament to the power and resilience of women everywhere," she tweeted, urging people to show that power at the voting booth this year.

    People gathered from Montpelier to Milwaukee, from Shreveport to Seneca Falls.

    "I think right now with the #MeToo movement, it's even more important to stand for our rights," said Karen Tordivo, who marched in Cleveland with her husband and 6-year-old daughter.

    In Palm Beach, Florida, home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs before marching. There, 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.

    Cathy Muldoon, a high school librarian from Dallas, Pennsylvania, took her two teenage daughters to the New York rally and said marching gives people hope. She said this year's action is set against the backdrop of the Trump presidency, which "turned out to be as scary as we thought it would be."

    "I've not seen any checks and balances," she said. "Everything is moving toward the right, and we have a president who seems to have no decency."

    More than 200,000 people filled Chicago's Grant Park to inspire women and others to be active in politics. Speakers, including several prominent Chicago politicians and activists, and performers, including the cast of Hamilton, took the stage as women held signs and chanted.

    Scores of demonstrators turned out in Cambridge, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and San Diego as well.

    Earlier Saturday, dozens of activists gathered in Rome to denounce violence against women and express support for the #MeToo movement. They were joined by Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who made headlines after alleging in 2017 she had been sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s.

    Argento addressed the criticism she received once she spoke up about her abuse.

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

    Argento, who's 42, was strongly criticized by many Italian media and Italian women for not speaking out earlier and was hounded on Twitter with accusations that she sought trouble.

    'Do Not Try to Divide Us': Steinem at DC Women's March

    [NATL] Gloria Steinem at DC Women's March: 'Do Not Try to Divide Us'
    Gloria Steinem spoke at the Women's March in Washington, DC, amidst a foggy sky and thousands of people wearing pink hats. "This is the upside of the downside," she said gesturing to the crowd. "This is an outpouring of energy and democracy like I have never seen in my very long life."
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)

    Weinstein has apologized for causing "a lot of pain" with "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past," but he has denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex."