Huge crowds gathered Saturday, the day after President Trump's inauguration, for women's marches in Washington, D.C., and many other cities, including Philadelphia. Here are five key takeaways from the events.
- Turnout far exceeded expectations in Philadelphia. The city estimating that 50,000 people showed up, more than double what organizers had predicted.
- Huge crowds also turned out in D.C., where organizers had to adjust the route for the march portion of the event due to the unexpectedly large number of people. A massive throng of people filled the National Mall, stretching from Capitol Hill to the Tidal Basin to the Ellipse near the White House. While tens of thousands of Philadelphians marched at home, others made the trip to D.C. to participate there.
- The scores of attendees mobbed transit systems in both Philadelphia and Washington, leading to delays, packed platforms and jammed trains. Extra SEPTA trains were running on some Regional Rail lines to move the crush of riders.
- The rallies were billed as women's marches, but drew many male participants as well. The focus, however, was solidly on the women, with much talk of equality, reproductive rights, respect and girl power. Many speakers in Philadelphia used their time on the podium to encourage women to speak out and take action.
- The mood at the rallies was generally upbeat, with speakers using encouraging tones and marchers responding with cheers. Many participants called the events uplifting and inspirational.
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