A day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, millions nationwide and around the world marched in support of women's rights.

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Hundreds of thousands at Los Angeles march alone

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California marcher: 'I wanted to use my white-straight-Christian woman privilege' to help vulnerable voices be heard

Desta Goehner, a marcher from Thousand Oaks. (Sarah D. Wire/Los Angeles Times)
Desta Goehner, a marcher from Thousand Oaks. (Sarah D. Wire/Los Angeles Times)

Desta Goehner, 40, of Thousand Oaks, said she made the trek from California to the Women's March in Washington, D.C., because she wanted to be there with her best friends — and to stand up for her daughter and anyone who is vulnerable.

“I wanted to use my white-straight-Christian woman privilege to stand here to help other voices that are vulnerable be heard,” Goehner said.

Virginia Matzek, 47, an environmental scientist from Davis who described herself as a liberal, brought along her two sons, 14 and 16. They attended President Trump's inauguration on Friday to see the turnout, and noted that it appeared small.

"The crowd was puny," said Matzek, a professor at Santa Clara University. "I hope [Trump] knows his ratings are poor."

Matzek said she has been unhappy when Republicans won the White House in the past, but she never felt fear as she did after Trump's victory.

"In the past, I at least believed the opposition party would obey the norms of democracy. I thought they were good people who I disagreed with on policy," she said. "In Trump, we elected a proto-fascist. He is not a good person. He is not fit for office. He is not fit for humanity."

Michelle Pierson of Van Nuys and Nicole Myers of Woodland Hills decided they had to participate in the Women's March the day after the election. Their husbands took off work to care for their children so the two women could spend the week protesting in the nation's capital.

"We had to do something to deal with our frustration, our sadness, our rage," said Pierson, 38, a stay-at-home mom.

Myers, 40, owns a picture-framing shop. She said she was thinking of her 10-year-old son at the march.

"I don't want him to think someone could speak like that and be president."

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