U.S., global cities see Women’s Day ral­lies

Ral­lies in U.S., Asia, Europe fo­cus on equal­ity of rights.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Errin Haines Whack

Many Amer­i­can PHILADEL­PHIA — women stayed home from work, joined ral­lies or wore red Wed­nes­day to demon­strate how vi­tal they are to the U.S. econ­omy, as In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day was ob­served with a mul­ti­tude of events around the world.

The Day With­out a Woman protest in the U.S. was put to­gether by or­ga­niz­ers of the vast women’s marches that drew more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple the day af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.

The turnout on the streets this time was much smaller in many places, with crowds of­ten num­ber­ing in the hun­dreds.

“Trump is ter­ri­fy­ing. His en­tire ad­min­is­tra­tion, they have no re­spect for women or our rights,” said 49-yearold Ad­ina Fer­ber, who took a va­ca­tion day from her job at an art gallery to at­tend a demon­stra­tion in New York City. “They need to deal with us as an eco­nomic force.”

The U.S. event — in­spired in part by the Day With­out an Im­mi­grant protest held last month — was part of the U.N.-des­ig­nated In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

In War­saw, thou­sands of women showed Poland’s con­ser­va­tive govern­ment red cards and made noise with kitchen­ware to de­mand full birth con­trol rights, re­spect and higher pay.

In Rome, hun­dreds of women marched from the Colos­seum to de­mand equal rights. Thou­sands marched in Is­tan­bul, de­spite re­stric­tions on demon­stra­tions im­posed since last year’s failed coup. Turk­ish police did not in­ter­fere.

Women also held ral­lies in Tokyo and Madrid, and Fin­land an­nounced a new $160,000 In­ter­na­tional Gen­der Equal­ity Prize.

A crowd of about 1,000 peo­ple, the vast ma­jor­ity of them women, gath­ered on New York’s Fifth Av­enue in the shadow of Trump Tower. Women wore red and waved signs read­ing “Nev­er­the­less she per­sisted,” “Misog­yny out of the White House now” and “Re­sist like a girl.”

School in Prince Ge­orge’s County, Md.; Alexan­dria, Va.; and Chapel Hill, N.C., can­celed classes af­ter hun­dreds of teach­ers and other em­ploy­ees let it be known they would be out. In Prov­i­dence, R.I., the mu­nic­i­pal court closed for lack of staff.

In Wash­ing­ton, more than 20 Demo­cratic fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tives walked out of the Capi­tol to ad­dress a cheer­ing crowd of sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple.

Dressed in red, the law­mak­ers crit­i­cized ef­forts to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act and elim­i­nate fed­eral fund­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood.


A crowd out­side the Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., lis­tens Wed­nes­day to law­mak­ers speak­ing about In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

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