Yesterday (January 21) saw an estimated 2.9 million activists take to the streets of cities across the United States as part of the Women’s March.
The protests took place across the world, including Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London and Barcelona, leading to an international day of action against Trump’s administration in the name of women’s rights. Activists believe they will be under threat from the actions of the new President.
Music and entertainment stars were spotted across the large-scale protests, including Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Katy Perry, Michael Stipe, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Grimes, Sir Ian McKellen and Pearl Jam. You can see some of their social media posts below.
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Ashley Judd gave a must-see performance at the Women's March on Washington
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Marching with SO many sisters today but my heart is most proud to march with my blood sister, Angela, who has always been my guardian angel. We should all be guardians for each other. I march today because I am not afraid anymore and I hope I can be an example of fearlessness and resilience. I will not let anyone suppress me, silence me or clip my wings. For a long time I misunderstood the true definition of being a feminist, but now that I know, I am empowered! I am indisputably a feminist. I am here today to break the cycle of suppression and inequality. I stand with you all! ❤#whyimarch @womensmarch
Sharing a picture of his mother, Billie Joe Armstrong captioned the image; “this is my mom. she raised 6 kids with a waitress job.. she has the greatest work ethic i’ve ever witnessed. she is my role model and she’s a revolutionary.. she is marching in the #millionwomenmarch.”
Katy Perry shared a photograph of herself with her sister on Instagram, writing: “For a long time I misunderstood the true definition of being a feminist, but now that I know, I am empowered! I am indisputably a feminist.”
Karen O shared a picture of her protest sign, which read: ‘A woman not afraid, not misunderstood, ready to fight. I am her kind.” Years & Years posted a photo to Facebook, which featured frontman Olly Alexander wearing a ‘This pussy grabs back’ sweatshirt.
Miley Cyrus was seen promoting The Happy Hippie Foundation during the march; the foundation, funded by Cyrus in 2014, fights for the rights and welfare of homeless youth, the LGBTQ community and women’s rights as well as other social justice issues.
Among the people to speak at yesterday’s biggest event in Washington – which drew an estimated 500,000 protestors – was Madonna, who spoke out critically against Trump’s new administration following his inauguration on Friday (January 20).
“Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said during her swear-filled speech, which was broadcast live on several US news networks. She then performed ‘Express Yourself’ and ‘Human Nature’, changing the lyrics during the latter to “Donald Trump, suck a dick.”
Janelle Monae also spoke at the event, telling the crowd; “We birthed this nation and we can unbirth a nation if we choose.” Scarlett Johansson was another key speaker during the event, telling the audience; “We must stand up for our basic human rights and always move forward, never backwards.”
President Donald Trump has since responded to the marches, tweeting; “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
Other famous names to speak or perform at the Women’s March on Washington yesterday were Alicia Keys – who also performed ‘Girl On Fire’ – Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Amy Schumer and America Ferrera.