Let Voices be Heard

Million join worldwide in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington

Payton Woodruff, Staff Reporter

Millions gathered worldwide on the first full day of office for the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump; voicing support for women’s rights and voicing concerns with the new leadership of the United States. It was an event which started as a small post on Facebook but soon turned into a worldwide call for action.

This “revolution,” as it became known, was the Women’s March on Washington, held on January 21, 2017. It was an event that called for people of all ages, races and religions to come together and express women’s rights as human rights and to march in solidarity, showing support for women and other marginalized groups across the globe. The event gathered so much support that along with the main march held in the capitol, Washington D.C., there were other sister marches throughout the world, including one in St. Louis.

The march began at Union Station and headed east down Market street, where it then stopped at a square in between the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse. At the square, there were a number of guest speakers, including senator Claire Mccaskill who flew in from the inauguration in Washington that Friday. “You give me a renewed sense of the fight,” and “We need every one of you,” said Mccaskill according to Fox 2 news.

An estimated total of 10,000 peaceful protesters attended the march according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The crowd was a diverse group of both men and women, who marched together as one. The marchers chanted things such as, “When they go low, we go high,” “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Donald Trump has got to go” and “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like.”

Many cities worldwide including: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Kolkata, India, Paris, France, Nairobi, Kenya and hundreds others took up action and marched in solidarity. Women’s rights, minority rights and religious rights were some of the main issues being supported.

Other issues for marchers included environmental awareness and concerns with the way the United States will be lead because of the newly inaugurated president. Whatever their reasons, millions of people marched and participated during the Women’s March on Washington and all of the sister marches worldwide.