The rallies, which organizers said were taking place in all 50 states, were inspired by the First Washington Women’s March, a major anti-Trump rally held the day after his inauguration in 2017.
But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demonstrations on Saturday were considerably smaller.
The organizers urged those concerned about personal attendance to join a “socially distant text banking telethon,” which aimed to send five million messages encouraging people to vote.
Marchers also paid tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – an icon for women and progressives – and protested Trump’s choice of Conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace her.
The Washington parade route began near the White House before heading to the US Capitol and then the National Mall.
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People march during the women’s march in downtown Chicago, Saturday, October 17, 2020.
Some protesters then went to the Supreme Court building, where a minor counter-protest “I am with her” – in favor of Judge Barrett – was planned.
Most of the protesters in Washington wore protective masks, some as Justice Ginsburg in black robes with white lace collars, and some wore the pink knit hats made famous by the original march.
Their signs and banners underlined the broader anti-Trump message: “Trump / Pence: Out Now” read one while others simply said, “Dump Trump”.
In New York City, around 300 people gathered in Washington Square in Manhattan, many with pink hats and signs that supported Trump’s Democratic opponents, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, or honored Justice Ginsburg. It was one of five separate marches in the city.
Protesters gather in New York City during the women’s march in front of the New York Stock Exchange, Saturday, October 17, 2020.
A poster featuring Judge Amy Coney Barrett is seen in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during the Washington Women’s March on October 17, 2020.
“It’s really important to be here and try to encourage people to vote out Trump and his misogynist policies, especially now that many people are isolated, with COVID,” said Yvonne Shackleton, a 47-year-old working mother from the United States Near Albany, about a three-hour drive from New York City.
On the website of the women’s march, which dates back to the large participation in the 2017 marches, it says: “We must bring the same strength and determination to October 17th to end Trump’s presidency as it began – with massive, resistance led by women. “”
Women’s support for Mr Trump has plummeted – especially among suburban women. He’s now 23 points behind likely female voters, according to a recent Washington Post / ABC News poll.
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