'We can whimper, whine, or we can fight back' - Hundreds of thousands march worldwide to protest Donald Trump's presidency
Women's Protest takes place across the globe
Women all over the globe took to the streets to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump today.
In the US capital, and recent scene of Trump’s triumph, women took the city back promising never to back down in the face of misogyny. Democratic politician and academic Elizabeth Warren addressed a crowd in Washington by saying: “We can whimper, whine, or we can fight back.”
From the world of entertainment, actress America Ferrera used her profile to tell the Washington crowd: "We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war.
"Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday.
"But the president is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay."
The women’s march boasted many well-known celebrities, from Scarlett Johansson, to Ashley Judd and Michael Moore are all lined up to take part in the speeches in Washington.
Performances from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Janelle Monae, among others are to be attended by a star-studded audience comprising Cher, Katy Perry and Julianne Moore.
According to City officials attendance at the Women's March on Washington had doubled expectations with estimates reaching well into 500,000.
During the march, placards emblazoned with slogans like "Women won't back down" and "Less fear more love" must have given the new president pause. Yet the normally twitter-happy Trump was strangely silent during the massive demo.
Someone who did tweet her approval of the march was Trump’s defeated Republican rival Hillary Clinton who resurrected her campaign slogan “We’re always Stronger Together.”
She thanked attendees on Twitter for "standing, speaking and marching for our values". She said this is as "important as ever".
Across the world, from Dublin and Sydney to Copenhagen, women and all feminist supporters were demonstrating.
Copenhagen march organiser Lesley-Ann Brown said: "Nationalist, racist and misogynistic trends are growing worldwide and threaten the most marginalised groups in our societies, including women, people of colour, immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT community and people with disabilities."
Other groups who felt targeted by Trump’s biases joined the marches championing causes from climate change, gun control, immigrant rights to abortion rights.
Fashionable accessories on the marches were hand-knitted "pussyhats" – signalling female empowerment.
Though Trump’s name was never mentioned by march organisers and the emphasis was squarely put on loftier subjects such as human and women’s rights, the 45th president was never more conspicuous by his absence worldwide.