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Sister act! Women’s march sends out equality message

Thousands turned out to join the march through Westminster

Thousands turned out to join the march through Westminster

An appeal to the new First Lady from one of the marchers

An appeal to the new First Lady from one of the marchers

Published: 27 January, 2017

ARMED with placards and banners, thousands of women – and men – spoke up for equality as they marched through Westminster.

On the first day on Donald Trump’s presidency in America, protesters gathered for the Women’s March on London, to show their solidarity with all those across the world who came out to make their voices heard. 

Organisers said they would march for the “safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events”. 

Thousands made their way through the capital’s streets, singing and chanting in Grosvenor Square, through Piccadilly and Pall Mall, and coming together at a rally in Trafalgar Square. 

King’s College student Anna Smith said: “What I liked about the march was that it created a very safe space for different groups and allies. It so important in this current geopolitical climate to remind people of intersectionality in the struggle against hateful and powerful people like Trump.”

Fellow KCL student Edmée Vaudremer said it was “cathartic” to yell and sing as a group.

“It was above all a display of unity and defiance, “she added. “There were so many creative, funny and sometimes angry banners. I was happy to see so many men – it was about 50/50.” Among the male marchers, blogger Arthur Peirce said: “I’ve been to quite a few marches in my time and that by far was the most fun, most civil and good natured one I’ve ever been in.” 

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