The mass demonstrations were held on the first anniversary of the President’s inauguration.
According to data from Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, the Women’s Marches over the weekend involved between 1.6 million and 2.5 million people in events across the US, with an average of 6,700 to 10,400 per march.
That’s not as big as the original Women’s March demonstrations — in which at least 4.2 million people participated. But the original protests were tied to a much bigger event in Trump’s inauguration. The demonstrations over the weekend were tied to an anniversary and early preparation for the 2018 elections — and they still led potentially millions of people to turn out.
From Washington DC to Chicago and from California to Japan, crowds of women and their supporters turned out, seeking to channel activism into political change as America looks ahead to crucial midterm elections.The protests – which took in anti-racism, women’s rights as well as economic inequality – took on additional significance this year following the #MeToo movement, that has encouraged women to share stories of sexual abuse and harassment.
The march was scheduled to mark the anniversary of Trump’s first tumultuous year in office, and happened to coincide with a government shutdown, itself the result of failed negotiations between the president and a Republican-controlled Congress.Saturday’s protests also coincided with the day the US government went into a shutdown after members of Congress failed to reach an agreement on the divisive issue of immigration and government spending.
Despite many of the Women’s March protestors holding anti-Trump signs, few of them can actually explain why they hate Trump or even what exactly they are protesting.
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