Phillips, who lives in Los Angeles, marched last year too. She called the past year “maddening” but added that it makes her hopeful to see so many women, especially white women and straight women, standing up for their rights.
An early-afternoon tweet from President Trump hailing the nationwide Women’s March gatherings drew groans and guffaws from marchers in Washington who saw it pop up on their phones.
On Twitter, the president called it a “perfect day for all Women to March,” seeming to imply that those taking part were celebrating his administration’s accomplishments.
“Well, we’ll celebrate when…” said an elegant gray-haired woman, before expressing an unprintable wish for Trump’s departure from the scene.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
Malika Dawson, 23, woke up before dawn Saturday, strapped her 1-year-old baby to her front side and boarded a train in Pasadena. By 7 a.m., Dawson and her daughter, Khlo, had arrived in downtown Los Angeles for the march.
“I want to bring my daughter to as many events like this throughout her lifetime,” Dawson said as her daughter stared at a group of people chanting nearby. “Hopefully, it’s not necessary in the future to still protest for women’s rights, but I want her to know she can stand up and take action.
“To see all these people who want equality just like me, it gives me hope for my daughter in the future,” she added.
Harris was scheduled to address marchers in front of City Hall around 11:15 a.m. Saturday. She also canceled a planned speech at an annual breakfast held by labor unions honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a government shutdown continued in the nation’s capital, in part because of disagreement over how to handle the fates of young people brought to the country illegally as children, Gary Garcia, 55, held a sign in downtown Los Angeles supporting them.
“Dreamers must stay in the country they know,” the sign read, “the United States of America!”
The Marshall High School principal said he came to support his wife and women’s issues but said many of his students are DACA recipients and “they’re really stressed out.”
Scarlett Cunningham-Young, 11, stood next to eight of her friends and their families, holding a sign with a quote by activist Malala Yousafzai. It was her second year attending the Women’s March, and she said she felt inspired being around the thousands of other marchers.
“I hope that this country wakes up and realizes that women and girls have voices too,” she said.
Her mother, Shea Cunningham, 46, said she marched in Washington, D.C., last year because she was so outraged over Donald Trump’s election.