ORLANDO, Fla. -- With Friday's Trump inauguration in the rear mirror, ta women's march against the 45th president has taken center stage on Saturday in the nation's capital.
"A platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday," actress and activist America Ferrera told marchers. "But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America!"
Attendees of the protest aren't organized by a single group. They’re in Washington on their own accord arriving on buses and trains from locations as distant as Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to Central Floridaafter Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook created a Facebook page following November's election annoiuncing the march. There are upwards of half a million participants, more than twice the original expected 200,000.
And while they don't represent any one cause, they are united against President Donald J. Trump.
Among the leading voices, feminist icon Gloria Steinem said the gathering demonstrated "the upside of the downside."
"This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life," Steinem said.