How Many Attended the Women’s March on Washington?
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How Many Attended the Women’s March on Washington?

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Protesters gather during the Women’s March on Washington January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

More than three million women and men from around the world took part in the Women’s March on January 21, including seven continents and more than 600 individual sister marches. But it was all connected to the biggest march: the Women’s March located in Washington D.C. The march began in the morning the day after President Trump was officially inaugurated as President of the United States. Exactly how many people attended the march in D.C.? Although an exact count isn’t known, early estimates may indicate as many as 500,000 (a later estimate put the number at 485,000), with worldwide estimates exceeding 3 million. The turnout could be record-breaking. (To see photos from the Women’s March in D.C. and photos from around the country and the world, please see Heavy’s story here.) 

Here’s what we know so far.

The National Park Service never gives official estimates for D.C. turnouts any more, so turnout estimates aren’t an exact science. The National Park Service stopped giving official estimates ever since a dispute about how many attended a Million Man March in 1995. The Park Service was threatened with a lawsuit when they estimated 400,000 showed up to the Million Man March, while organizers believed that one million were there. After that, they stopped publicly releasing estimates. Now, estimates are given by law enforcement officials or federal officials, or organizers.

A city official from Washington estimated that the turnout is at 500,000, The Los Angeles Times reported, with later estimates putting the number around 485,000. The permit originally given for the event had estimated 200,000, but even the D.C. homeland security chief said he thought more than that would turn out.

In fact, the march was so big that it was turned into a rally in some places because there were simply too many people to actually march. Organizers couldn’t lead an actual march to the White House, WUSA9 reported, because there were so many people crowded in the streets.

The estimated turnout, is record-breaking in many ways, although it wasn’t the largest turnout in history. In 2000, a Million Mom March in D.C. had an estimated 750,000 in attendance, Time reported.  And an anti-Vietnam protest on November 15, 1969, is often cited as one of the largest in D.C. with an estimated turnout of 500,000 to 600,000. It was the first nationwide moratorium march to end the war. As stated earlier, some believed the Million Man March had an even bigger turnout of close to 800,000 or more, but the official number given was 400,000.

But the largest demonstration in any city, according to many estimates, still goes to one held in 1982. On June 12, 1982, an anti-nuclear march in New York City attracted an estimated one million people.

A March for Women’s Lives in April 2004 in D.C. had an attendance of 500,000 to 1.15 million, depending on your source. Organizers claimed over a million while AP estimated 500,000 to 800,000. A Million Women March in Philadelphia on October 25, 1997 had 300,000 to 1 million participants, depending on the source. And a D.C. march in April 1993 for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights had 300,000 to 1 million participants. Organizers claimed 1 million but police said the numbers were closer to 300,000.

Meanwhile, other Women’s Marches across the country also had a large turnout. Officials estimated at least 250,000 in Chicago and as many as 400,000 in New York City. Chicago’s was so long that the march was turned into a rally because there were so many people already in the streets, showing their support. There may have also been 450,000 in Los Angeles.

To see photos of the Women’s March, see our story below.

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Lilliebeth123@gmail.com

Way to miss the point of the marches. Do you even possess a brain to comprehend the article above? Clearly not. Abortion wasn’t the reason for the march, it wasn’t even a thought.

hsabin

Who paid for them to attend this phony event? IF they paid their own way, they could have purchased 15 years of birth control for the hotel and flight cost. They could have donated to planned parenthood if they wanted it kept and let taxpayers off the hook for its cost and murders and selling baby parts.

herent

1) I don’t think you understand the cost of birth control.
2) Many of the people coming took buses.
3) They probably did donate to PPFA, too. It’s not an either / or situation at all.
4) Taxpayers aren’t on the hook for abortions at all, and PPFA does not sell body parts.

I do wonder – who paid you to troll comment sections?

Anonymous

lol do you think George Soros paid for all 2 million women to attend the various marches today? Have you thought about what that would cost him? Plain tickets, lodging, etc. Use your head .

Anonymous

He did, but obviously paid too much! A Tide or Swiffer coupon woulld have sufficed.

Lilliebeth123@gmail.com

Most of us attended our LOCAL marches. Maybe that’s too logical for your tiny brain?

Stego

You are the proof that the IQ in the United States has been declining in the past fifty plus years!

Leila Lappin

I agree hsabin. The problem with this whole farce is that a few women were so full of self importance that they started a protest without reasonable cause. Then they could not even agree what it was that they wanted to say, and egos flared and they botched it. So now 500,000 women are supposed to be representing all of us. That is the problem with being an ivory tower liberal, they get tunnel vision and see everything and every situation in terms of their own needs and objectives. I am not a trump supporter in fact as a serious animal rights supporter I envision a long battle with his administration. But whatever he is or has been,so far he has shown more interest to change things for the better for the average hard working men and women than anyone in the democratic camp. Hillary instead promised more entitlement programs. People who work over twelve hours a day to make ends meet do not come into democrats consciousness as every entitlement program they introduce eats away at people’s hard earned money. As I said the ivory tower liberals have totally lost sight of balance and fairness. That is why hillary lost, it was not the millionaires in their multi million dollar mansions that voted for trump, it was the people whose stores were burned and looted and no one even talked about the hardship they suffered. It was the people who saw their health care cost tripled as the result of health care benefits for all. It was those whose jobs were exported to other countries because of policies that Hillary supported. Please ivory tower feminists don’t speak for all of us. We the women who work hard to pay our dues to the society can speak for ourselves.

neversabrina

Hi Leila! I was at the march and have no interest in representing you or any other person. Just my proud self that loves all people of color, faith and sexuality. I’m working class and love animals too – we would have a lot to talk about. Sending lots of love to you and I hope you may find peace and happiness in your life while keep up the good fight.

Bonnie Towles

If you are so concerned about animal welfare, you should have been aware that Clinton had a very comprehensive policy to improve animal welfare – addressing commercial breeders, transporters and slaughters, puppy mills, etc. Trump? His two sons take pride in hunting and slaughter even endangered species and, no doubt, will fight to undermine the policies against importing trophies of endangered species, canned hunts, etc. The peaceful protest of half a million people of all ages, races, creeds, both men and women, in DC alone was no small thing and they were joined by hundreds of thousands throughout the world …Unlike you, they were not there only to seek personal gain but sought to call into question a variety of policies and positions that effect us all. Even a cursory glance at the amazing images of attendees from all over the world attests to the fact that they were not just “ivory tower feminists”.Access to affordable health care was one of the primary concerns of many in the march including preventative care for women.

Karen

So much hate and ignorance! People drove themselves and stayed in cheap air b& b lodgings (look it up), camped in cars or with friends. Your statement regarding “baby parts” has been long debunked. Stop sucking the Fox News teat and get out in the real world. Look at different news sources and do your own homework on issues, because you are being badly misled and it’s going to get a whole lot worse soon, friend.

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