Hundreds of thousands of people converged on Washington D.C. Saturday for the Women's March on Washington, an event designed to remind the country's lawmakers — and its newly inaugurated POTUS — of the importance of women's issues.
Aerial images suggested the march's attendance had handily eclipsed that for President Trump's inauguration the day before, which drew an estimated 200,000 people.
Seen at the DC march. Beyonce, Britney, Cher, more and the banner: "Diva Pride. Don't f-ck with us fellas!!" pic.twitter.com/pIbsHUQWmh— Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) January 21, 2017
The main march began just after 10 a.m. ET with a fiery speech by the aptly named America Ferrera. People magazine reports the "Superstore" star said, "It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country. Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack, and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday.”
Watch part of Ferrera's impassioned speech:
Actress Ashley Judd's speech went even further, quoting a poem by a young woman that invoked images of Hitler and gas chambers and swastikas:
"Extra's" AJ Calloway was on the ground with exclusive access to many of the top stars, including Cher, who said that while she has lived through 12 presidents, "I didn't think it could get any worse than George [W.] Bush."
Actress Sophia Bush called the day of Trump's inauguration "dark," and emphasized she wouldn't have missed marching Saturday "for anything in the world." Comedian Amy Schumer went a step further, calling the march "the most special day of our lives."
As for any anger during the proceedings, Edie Falco told "Extra," "We are here, and we are not happy!"
The march also attracted feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who called out President Trump's intentions regarding women's issues while also slamming his controversial Cabinet picks and implying he is unfit to possess the nuclear codes. "Trump and his handlers have a found a fox for every chicken coop in Washington. And a Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger!”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who attended Trump's inauguration Friday in spite of the nasty rhetoric during the divisive campaign season, tweeted her support for the march, thanking those involved for "standing, speaking & marching for our values" while asserting, "I truly believe we're always Stronger Together."
Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we're always Stronger Together.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 21, 2017
Clinton also retweeted an artist Louisa Cannell's image entitled "Hope not fear," depicting a trio of women of different races embracing flowers.
Though his rise to the office of president ignited the march — and scores of similar marches in cities across the nation — President Trump had not addressed the movement directly by mid-day, instead tweeting, "I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!"
I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2017