Neither wind nor rain nor gloom over the inauguration of Donald Trump could stop 100,000 peaceful demonstrators from taking to the streets for Saturday’s Women’s March San Francisco, with another 100,000 attending the Women’s March Oakland that same day and at least 25,000 more at the Women’s March San Jose. While the weather was rainy and frequently stormy, the nasty conditions did not deter these nasty women and their nasty allies from gathering in masses for a stunning show of unity.
“I am blown away by how smoothly the march went, with 100,000 marchers joining in peaceful solidarity,” Women’s March San Francisco organizer Renee McKenna tells SF Weekly. “An incredible volunteer team came together and made this one of the most successful Women’s Marches in the country and, indeed, in the world.”
Women’s Marches were not limited to the Bay Area, with a flagship march in Washington, D.C. and other Women’s Marches in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle also drawing more than 100,000 apiece. Analysts from the University of Denver and the University of Connecticut estimate that more than 3.3 million people demonstrated on Saturday, and the Women’s March may have been the largest demonstration in U.S. history.
A few iconic scenes stood out and were wide widely shared on social media. Most notably, Josh Giersch’s video “One hour of Women’s March in 30 seconds” shows a time lapse of the remarkably huge crowd marching down Market Street, and City Hall lit in pink also dazzled the Internet as well as the soaked demonstrators on hand.
“I’m glad we had the numbers, even though it was so rainy,” San Francisco marcher Jessica Lansdown tells SF Weekly. “I’m glad we weren’t deterred by rain.”
While Saturday’s turnout was overwhelming and cathartic, organizers urge everyone who participated to remain involved. “I hope that you will join us as we move forward with this most powerful movement that you have helped to birth,” McKenna tells SF Weekly. “To stay connected, stay tuned to the website.”