On Saturday, (Jan. 21), hundreds of thousands of women and allies joined together in major cities around the country in protest of our new U.S. president Donald Trump. As a result of this worldwide resistance, the rally — known as the Women’s March — became the largest inaugural protest recorded in U.S. history, according to AP. The 2017 protest only comes before that of President Nixon’s Inauguration in 1969. Let that sink in.
While the official numbers have not been tallied at this time, AP reports that there were an estimated 500,000 people in attendance at the March on Washington alone. There were even thousands more at the protests in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Denver, and other major cities.
For those who aren’t up to speed on the Women’s March, the rally invited all people of different races, sexualities, and religious beliefs to march in order to take a stand against Trump’s problematic campaign policies. “The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” organizers wrote on the event’s official Facebook page.
In addition to protesters marching, the event also welcomed powerful speeches and performances from big names in Hollywood, including Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Madonna, Ashley Judd, and Scarlett Johansson. Other celebs such as Zendaya, Uzo Aduba, John Legend, Jussie Smollett, and more were present.