The morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, women all across the world are gathering to march in protest of the 45th president and threat he and his administration pose to their rights.
The website for the D.C. Women’s March on Washington, which is taking place this morning, explains that women are congregating today to combat the “the rhetoric of the past election cycle,” which “has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us,” including immigrants, people of color, LGBTQIA individuals, people with disabilities, and survivors of sexual assault.
The website also explains that the purpose of the march is to send an important message to the new Trump administration.
‘The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.’
While the primary women’s march is taking place today in Washington, D.C., CNN reports that there are over 600 “sister marches” planned across the United States and in countries like Australia, England, Germany, France, and South Africa.
Many of the women attending the D.C. march have posted photos and videos on social media of their trips into the city for the event. The comparisons between the number of people turning out for today’s march and the number of people turning out for Trump’s inauguration are pretty jarring, as the tweets below show.
Totally packed metro today for Women's March. So much busier than inauguration yesterday pic.twitter.com/gKlUTLHP17
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) January 21, 2017
1. My train to the inauguration;
2. My train to the Women's March — or it was supposed to be, but it was too full for me to get on. pic.twitter.com/AbnPNEOZ27
— Matt Pearce ? (@mattdpearce) January 21, 2017
Subway chants this morning: "dump Trump dump Trump." "Hey hey ho ho Donald Trump has gotta go." pic.twitter.com/5NmfduZ5EU
— Nidhi Subbaraman (@NidhiSubs) January 21, 2017
— Isa Cueto (@isabellacueto) January 21, 2017
As can be seen in the tweets above, many of the women participating in the march are wearing pink knitted hats that include cat ears, an obvious reference to Trump’s past comments about grabbing women “by the p*sy.”
Jayna Zweiman, one of the two women who started the “P*ssyhat” project, explained to CNN the reasoning behind creating the hats for the march.
‘The idea is both a play on p*ssyhat, p*ssycat, and also references the hot mic from the “Access Hollywood” video. It does reference Donald Trump and those comments, but it’s also so much more. It’s reappropriating the word “p*ssy” in a positive way. It’s a p*ssyhat — one word. This is a project about women supporting women.’
Watch a livestream of the Women’s March on Washington — complete with thousands of P*ssyhats — below, via YouTube.
Featured image via Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images.