Women on the move

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Women in Wis­con­sin marched in sol­i­dar­ity on Jan. 20, join­ing women across the na­tion protest­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

One year af­ter women staged the largest demon­stra­tion in the na­tion’s his­tory on the day of Don­ald Trump’s inau­gu­ra­tion, women through­out the na­tion marched again Jan. 20.

Many women wore knit­ted pink cat-ear hats, which have be­come an em­blem of fe­male em­pow­er­ment and re­sis­tance to Trump’s views on women’s rights, im­mi­gra­tion, abor­tion, and LGBT rights.

Just a day ear­lier, Trump blasted Roe v. Wade in a satel­lite ad­dress to anti-choice ac­tivists. “We are with you all the way,” he told par­tic­i­pants in The March for Life.

In Milwaukee, more than 1,500 women, men and chil­dren gath­ered on the Milwaukee County Court­house square. Demon­stra­tors car­ried signs high­light­ing a broad range of is­sues, from voter and re­pro­duc­tive rights to im­mi­gra­tion re­form and cli­mate change.

Or­ga­niz­ers urged par­tic­i­pants in the sec­ond an­nual march to take con­trol of Congress from Repub­li­cans in 2018.

Sarah Pear­son shouted to the crowd, “Get ready in 2018 to take it back,” which was met with ap­plause and chants of “Take it back! Take it back!”

Demo­cratic state Sen. Lena Tay­lor of Milwaukee led the crowd in a short re­frain of Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

Former teacher Gisela Terner of Fox Point held a sign giv­ing Trump all F’s on his first-year re­port card.

Marches also were held in Madi­son, Eau Claire and Green Bay.

FROM SEA TO SHIN­ING SEA

In New York, speak­ers in­cluded Ash­ley Ben­nett, a Demo­crat who was elected At­lantic County, New Jersey freeholder last Novem­ber. She de­feated Repub­li­can in­cum­bent John Car­man, who had mocked the 2017 Women’s March in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. with a Face­book post ask­ing whether the women would be home in time to cook din­ner.

Cathy Mul­doon, a high school li­brar­ian from Dal­las, Penn­syl­va­nia, took her two teenage daugh­ters to the New York rally. She said march­ing gives peo­ple hope.

This year’s ac­tion, she said, is set against the back­drop of the Trump pres­i­dency, which “turned out to be as scary as we thought it would be.

“I’ve not seen any checks and bal­ances. Every­thing is mov­ing to­ward the right, and we have a pres­i­dent who seems to have no de­cency.”

Else­where, thou­sands of women gath­ered in Chicago’s Grant Park, where Fawzia Mirza drew cheers by say­ing, “When the govern­ment shuts down, women still march.”

In Los An­ge­les, Eva Lon­go­ria, Natalie Port­man, Vi­ola Davis, Al­fre Woodard, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Con­stance Wu, Adam Scott and Rob Reiner were among the celebri­ties who ad­dressed a crowd of hun­dreds of thou­sands of demon­stra­tors.

In Palm Beach, Florida, home to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago es­tate, sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple car­ried an­tiTrump signs. A group of women wear­ing red cloaks and white hats like the char­ac­ters in the book and TV se­ries The Hand­maid’s Tale marched in for­ma­tion, their heads bowed.

Mem­bers of the group Miss­ing and Mur­dered In­dige­nous Women of Seat­tle burned sage and chanted in front of Seat­tle’s rainy march.

Demon­stra­tions took place from Shreve­port, Louisiana, to Seneca Falls, New York — from Rich­mond, Vir­ginia to Mont­pe­lier, Ver­mont, to Ok­la­homa City.

PHOTOS: RAY­MOND JACQUETTE

WHY THEY MARCHED

WiG asked the teenagers above what in­spired them to at­tend Milwaukee’s sec­ond an­nual Women’s Day of Ac­tion. Marissa, left, told us, “Now is an im­por­tant time for us ladies to stand up ... if we don’t say any­thing ... who will?” Ellen, sec­ond from left, said she went be­cause “it’s my fu­ture ... and I want it to be fair. I want it to be good” And Ri­ley, on the out­side right, said she went to demon­strate against the White House. “Don­ald Trump keeps screw­ing us over and we need to fight back,” she ex­plained.

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