The Women’s March in New York City, a sister rally to the Women’s March on Washington, drew in huge crowds today. Officials estimated that 250,000 participated in the New York City rally, in addition to the 500,000 or more who were at the D.C. rally. (To see photos of all the Women’s Marches around the world, including D.C., please see our story here.)
Here are more stories from the rally.
The rally was a peaceful one. Officials estimated that about 250,000 showed up to show their support of Planned Parenthood, equal pay, a living minimum wage, reproductive rights, racial equality, and more. However, there could end up being an even higher attendance count. The march was being broken into “waves” because so many were attending, and the first wave had 200,000, according to a reporter from The Daily Beast:
According to the Gothamist, the crowds stretched from 47th to 2nd Avenue to Trump Tower.
Here’s an overhead video showing a huge crowd in New York City:
Many people took the day off or closed their local businesses so they could participate. Here’s a photo from Grand Central:
Thousands packed the streets, overflowing throughout the city. But the atmosphere was friendly and motivating, not angry and violent. Some protesters during the inauguration the day before in D.C. had broken windows and damaged businesses, even hurting each other. But this wasn’t the case at the Women’s March in New York. There was a lot of chanting, like “My body, my choice!,” but no violence, according to recent reports:
Marchers had originally planned to go all the way to Trump Tower, but police stopped them south of East 55th, amNY reported.
Crowds were so big that some roads were shut down:
A related rally was held at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. An organizer told the crowd: “We’ve come out to say that women matter!” Rosie Perez, Taylor Schilling, and other celebrities spoke at the New York event.
Here are some comments shared on social media from people who were at the New York City march:
Some participants brought their children with them:
Here are some more photos shared on Twitter:
And here are some videos shared from the event:
To see how many women were at the big rally in D.C., along with photos from all over the world, please see our stories below: