In fear of their basic rights being put in jeopardy, hundreds of thousands of women and their allies flooded the streets of Washington D.C. today to take part in the Women's March on Washington. The volume of protesters reached such a massive size in the nation's capital that reports claim it prevented the rally's organizers from leading a formal march toward the White House.
The D.C.-based rally was perhaps the largest rally on the Saturday after Donald Trump's inauguration, but it was far from the only one. A series of protests sprung up around the country as women and men planned rallies in their cities, marching across towns spanning from Miami to Minneapolis.
The scope of the protest is staggering. According to a tally being kept on the March's official website, over 2.5 million people are participating in protests around the world, and some reports have estimated D.C.'s rally alone is double the size of yesterday's inauguration.
In Chicago, the size of crowds grew so large that the planned march had to be canceled for safety purposes. In Atlanta, rainy weather did not deter tens of thousands of people from hitting the streets and far exceeding initial size expectations:
Despite how spread out the rallies are around the country, the overlying theme is one of response to Donald Trump and his supporters. Denver's edition featured people of all ages, including young girls who simply hoped to spread some positivity in the wake of a heated election cycle.
The fight for women's rights has not been contained by America's borders, and has quickly turned into a seven-continent phenomenon. All the way down in Cape Town, South Africans are taking the fight to the steps of their parliament to speak out against injustice:
Even the animals are getting involved. Surrounded by ice and snow, a group of 30+ people decided to hold their own rally on a boat in Antarctica.
Women all around the world are showing just how powerful they can be when they unify for a cause. While hundreds of thousands shouldn't have to show up simultaneously to make Americans consider what's important to them, it sends a powerful message to people in power that people can and will organize if you threaten something they believe in.