The 2017 women’s marches were one of, it not the largest, protests in American history, drawing crowds of over 3 million nationwide. And while 2018 saw those numbers decline, there were still plenty of marchers all across the country.
Women’s marches have been criticized in the past for deemphasizing the concerns of non-citizen women and other marginalized groups — some argued that the Women’s March last January focused too much on the responses of white women to the 2016 election, in which 53 percent of white female voters cast their ballots for Trump. This year, the Women’s March organizers emphasized their commitment to inclusivity with a statement on Friday cautioning that “there are many different events this weekend that are associating themselves under the ‘Women’s March’ banner, but not all of them share the national Women’s March’s commitment to intersectionality.”
Los Angeles drew the biggest numbers, with half a million people showing up Saturday, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. Chicago organizers estimate 300,000 marched in the Windy City, a number greater than the 2017 count. Other cities had smaller, but far from unimpressive, counts. Fifty thousand marched in Philadelphia. San Jose saw 20,000, while San Francisco had between 50,000 and 60,000 people take to the streets.Seattle officials declined to offer a precise crowd estimate, but said the number was in the tens of thousands.
Haley, along with other U.N. Security Council diplomats, had traveled to Afghanistan for a two-day trip to see conditions there firsthand. According to Voice of America, Haley met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and a number of other Afghan officials.
RT@USUN: Thank you First Lady Ghani for introducing us to this group of women. Today in Afghanistan, more girls are going to school & women are serving their government & starting businesses. They’re using the power of their voices to create a brighter future for their country. However, it was a meeting arranged by the first lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, that should have garnered the most attention.
Three days after that tweet, women across America took to the streets in a series of marches on Saturday and Sunday that one can safely assume were in support of the Democrat Party.
RT@USUN: Thank you First Lady Ghani for introducing us to this group of women. Today in Afghanistan, more girls are going to school & women are serving their government & starting businesses. They’re using the power of their voices to create a brighter future for their country. pic.twitter.com/OnmZB4dVsB
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 17, 2018