It turned out that the ceiling was made not of glass, but reinforced concrete.
At least that is what it felt like to many women who had been getting ready to pour Champagne in November to celebrate the election of the first female president of the United States.
It soon became clear that the nation’s 45th U.S. president would be the 45th man to hold the post, and Hillary Clinton, the woman many had expected to break the biggest gender barrier of them all, would be an also-ran for the nation’s highest office.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to participate in the Women's March on Washington, D.C., and more than 600 sister marches in every state and dozens of foreign countries Saturday. Protesters say their goal is to make their voices heard on civil rights issues on President Trump’s first full day in office.
In Los Angeles, nearly 80,000 have signed up on Facebook to march. The lineup of speakers includes L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park).
Melissa Linebaugh was looking forward to taking part in the Women’s March on Washington with her mother and her 9-year-old daughter.
A self-described Christian liberal from Dover, Pa., she was horrified by President Trump’s rhetoric toward women and minorities during the campaign. This was their chance, she thought, to stand with other women in support of a more inclusive and equal world.
Then she read that the organizers had refused to partner with a group of antiabortion feminists. Would she, Linebaugh wondered, be welcome?
Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington was originally named the Million Woman March. But some people noted the same name was used for a march which took place in Philadelphia in 1997 and focused attention on the experience of black women in America.
Even before that there was the Million Man March in 1995. Organized by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and former National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People head Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the march focused on atonement and personal responsibility within the black community, especially among men. It was a contrast to civil rights marches in the past which had called for changes in society overall..
In a speech that lasted over two hours, Farrakhan called on participants never again to commit violence, use drugs, abuse women or children or otherwise degrade themselves or their communities.
The Women's March on Washington and simultaneous demonstrations across in the country Saturday are taking shape as one of the largest mass demonstrations in recent U.S. history, rivaling the civil unrest that swirled around the Vietnam War.
While it’s not expected to be as large as the Million Man March against racism in 1995 or the Million Woman March two years later in in Philadelphia, the event could wind up being a bigger draw than Trump: 1,200 bus parking spaces have been reserved, three times as many as for the inauguration Friday.
The march embraces a grab bag of progressive causes, its website listing more than 300 partners promoting causes including anti-bullying, gun control, climate change and transgender rights.