A day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, millions nationwide and around the world marched in support of women's rights.
• Huge crowds converge on flagship Washington march.
• Hundreds of thousands at Los Angeles march alone
• Did you march? Tell us why.
• See the marches around the world.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) was “walking on a cloud” after speaking to thousands at the women's march in Washington.
Her message: All issues are women's issues.
“We will not retreat when being attacked. We will stand up and we will fight.”
California’s newest Democratic senator reflected on Trump’s inauguration speech just the day before, calling it a “dark” message for Americans.
“I am concerned that we are on a path to appeal to our lesser instincts instead of our better selves,” she said.
She went on to echo something Trump emphasized in his inauguration speech: The people have the power.
“There are thousands and thousands of people here today. And I think everyone should take note, that this is a very powerful voice – they're activated and they must be taken seriously.”
The senator spent about 45 minutes backstage greeting people before her speech. Along the way she said she ran into someone who was best friends with her mother when they were students at UC Berkeley during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
“This is absolutely personal to me. This is absolutely personal to me.”
Women traveled from all over the country to be at the D.C. march, including many from California. To them, and all Californians who were hoping for a different outcome, she paraphrased Coretta Scott King.
“The fight for civil rights will be fought and won with each generation. Whatever gains we make will not be permanent,” she said. “That's the nature of it, so let's not be dispirited.… Let's just get up, pick ourselves up and get out there and fight. Fight for equality, fight for fairness, fight for justice.”