As stated by the official Women’s March website, “the Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level” and according to crowd scientists at the New York Times, the march in D.C. had over three times the amount of people that attended Trump’s Inauguration.
Granted, the inauguration numbers hover over 1.5 million, which is below the 1.8 million estimated for Obama’s 2009 inauguration. However, these numbers can only be estimates but between the metro riders and Nielsan Ratings, Trump is estimated to not have brought in as many views as he claimed to have done.
The march was a global event, taking place across all seven continents. The scientists at Antarctica were lead by Linda Zunas who, according to the Independent, was motivated by President Trump’s wishes to take away the environmental policies established in the last eight years. President Trump has consistently questioned the existence of climate change and has even gone as far as claim climate change to be a hoax. At the time of this publication, the new White House website does not have a section relating to climate change, instead having a page titled “America First Energy Plan”.
The change in topics on the White House website is a cause of concern for many and these issues can contribute to the Women’s March on Washington and its widescale sister-marches. The main focus on the Women’s March is to show the new administration that “women’s rights are human rights.”
Redlands East Valley senior Morgan Glaub calls the event “thrilling [and] exhilarating. Inspirational [to see] so many men and women working toward a common goal & taking a stance for a better future.” Junior Ellen Dendinger shares the same sentiments and calls the experience “very eye opening. It was amazing to see so many diverse women, children, and men all come together to voice their concerns for our human rights and progress.”
The Women’s March has been called a huge success as over one million people in America marched from Los Angeles to New York City to Macomb County, Michigan.
However, the Women’s March did not stop on January 21. The organization pushes a plan of “10 Actions for the First 100 Days” which includes contacting local senators and getting your voice heard. The true effect of the the Women’s March has yet to be seen and it will be interesting to see both the actions and responses taken by President Trump’s administration and the public.