What began as a simple Facebook invitation to protest the election of president Donald Trump has become that and a whole lot more, with this year’s march also standing as a symbol too of the global movement of #MeToo and Time’s Up.
Last year, sister marches in all 50 states and six continents across the world mimicked the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.. Stars like Katy Perry, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Page, America Ferrera, Helen Mirren, Chelsea Handler, Charlize Theron, Gina Rodriguez, Cher, Madonna, Amy Poehler, Jane Fonda, Miley Cyrus and more pulled on their pink pussy hats and took to the streets in solidarity — many sharing photos on social media.
Similar things happened this year. In New York City, Meteor Shower stars Schumer and Benanti marched prior to their matinee performance on Broadway — meeting up with Tamblyn, who wore a hand-stitched “Time’s Up” sweater.
Broad City star Ilana Glazer, meanwhile, held down the fort at the Women’s March in Los Angeles.
Adele also revealed that she took part in this year’s protests alongside some very A-list friends — Jennifer Lawrence and Cameron Diaz.
“The most influential people in my life have always been women,” the Grammy-winning singer wrote alongside an Instagram photo of the trio at the march. “My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols. I am obsessed with all the women in my life. I adore them and need them more and more every day. I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope I’m not only defined by my gender though. I hope I’m defined by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. I want what’s best for people, I think we all do. We just can’t agree on what that is. Power to the peaceful, power to the people x #womensmarch2018”
Back in the Big Apple, Lakshmi, Goldberg, and Halsey took to the stage to tell their stories about what the march means to them.
Yoko Ono was spotted there too, posing with fans for photographers while flashing peace signs.
Natalie Portman also shared photos from the Women’s March in L.A., where she gave a speech.
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President Donald Trump shared his thoughts on the numerous marches Saturday, saying that the “beautiful weather all over our great country” made it “a perfect day for all Women to March.”
“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!” the 71-year-old former Celebrity Apprentice host continued, apparently choosing not to acknowledge the fact that the Women’s March is a protest against his policies, and not a celebration of his claims of “economic success.”
Trump himself has faced growing allegations of sexual misconduct. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, including PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff, who alleges Trump forcibly kissed her at Mar-a-Lago while a pregnant Melania was in another room. (Trump has repeatedly denied all claims of sexual misconduct.)
Last year’s Women’s March was likely the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, according to the Washington Post.