Hundreds of thousands of women around America and the world took to the streets for the 2018 Women’s March, a year after the first such event was held in opposition to newly elected US President Donald Trump. Women’s March is all about to put forth a strong message that women are going to lead the victories in 2018 electorally. Thousands of activists around the world want to make their voices heard on a wide range of topics and issues, including women’s rights, immigration, health care, and so much more. Activists said their main objectives include “ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice.” Many women wore pink knit “pussy hats”, an enduring symbol of the Women’s March and the so-called “resistance” to Trump.
Hollywood stars came together on stage in Los Angeles to share their experiences during one of the Women’s Marches. A number of celebrity speakers addressed the crowd, including actresses Viola Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Laverne Cox. Actress Natalie Portman spoke boldly about the horror, as a 12-year-old performer on the set of her first film, of having to learn quickly about the politics of sexuality – or “sexual terrorism” as she called it and how it came to oppress her over the years.
Scarlett Johansson also spoke out about the power men have long held over women.“I had many relationships where the power dynamic was so off that I had to create a narrative where I was the cool girl,” she told the crowd. “It allowed me to have the approval that women are conditioned to need. … Moving forward means my daughter growing up in a world where she doesn’t have to become a victim of what had become the social norm.”
Take a look to the signs at the Women’s March: