Women's March 2.0: Protesters flooded the streets to rally against Trump presidency on its one-year anniversary

People take part in the Women’s March on Washington 2018: March On The Polls! on the National Mall on January 20, 2018 in Washington DC. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/ Getty images.

Protests erupted across the United States on Saturday, with thousands of demonstrators lining the streets of major cities, donning pink “pussyhats,” and rallying against President Donald Trump.

The demonstrations are taking place on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and the 2017 Women’s March, in which millions of people were believed to have protested simultaneously for women’s rights and against Trump’s election victory.

Here are some scenes from Saturday’s protests:


Women, men, and children took to the streets in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and various other cities.

Pete and Jen Lightbody of Seattle participate in Women’s March 2.0, one year after women worldwide marched for women’s rights Photo: Getty Images.

There were also solidarity protests in countries like Italy, Japan, Germany, and Uganda.

Stephanie Keith/GettyPeople gather near Central Park before the beginning of the Women’s March.

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The Women’s March goes beyond offering just one singular message…


…This year’s protests touched on issues such as gender equity, sexual misconduct, and even immigration, calling for the protections of young unauthorised immigrants, often called “Dreamers.”


Amid the ongoing debate over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, some marchers protested in solidarity with the roughly 690,000 DACA recipients at risk of losing their protections from deportation.


But in general, the protests have come to represent “the resistance,” a mass movement opposed to the Trump presidency.


As in last year’s protests, Pink “pussy hats” were a fixture this year, as well.

Diana Schmitt participates in the Women’s March for Truth on January 20, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Whitney Curtis/ Getty Images.

Vendors have capitalised on the protests by selling “Make America Nasty Again” and “Pussy Power” hats.


In a tweet Saturday, Trump appeared to mock the protests.


“Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,” he said.


He continued: “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. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”


Last year, at least three million people were estimated to have attended the demonstrations.

People gather at the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool to rally before the Women’s March on January 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/ Getty Images.

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That’s according to university professors who analysed news reports, videos, and photographs from the event.

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The professors also used estimates from police departments.

A large crowd of people participating in the Women’s March makes its way down 6th Avenue in Manhattan on January 20, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Getty Images.

And they deduced totals in some places based on the number of riders using public transportation on the day of the march.


But not all of the protestors took the march so seriously. In Washington, demonstrators outside the White House broke out in an impromptu dance.


This year’s march also comes amid the ongoing #MeToo movement.


In recent months, women have begun speaking out en masse about their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men.

Stephanie Keith/GettyThe crowd lines up near Central Park.

Virtually every industry has been affected, including media, entertainment, agriculture, manufacturing, and politics.


But the convergence of the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March have compelled many women to do more than speak up.


A potentially record-breaking number of women energised by these campaigns are expected to run for office in 2018.

Stephanie Keith/GettyPeople gather near Central Park.

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They insist that their fight has only just begun.

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