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Protesters Descend on Major Cities in 3rd Annual Women's March

Women marched in hundreds of U.S. cities and overseas Saturday to mark the second anniversary of demonstrations that drew millions of protesters to the streets the day after right-wing President Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is again hosting its main event in Washington, with hundreds of "sister" marches in other cities.

March On, a separate grassroots coalition that also grew from the original march, has coordinated hundreds of marches in cities such as Boston, Houston, Baltimore and Denver.

Leaders of both groups say they will use this year's marches to push policy related to raising the minimum wage, access to reproductive and healthcare and voting rights, among other issues. They are aiming to mobilize women to vote ahead of the 2020 elections when Trump is expected to be the Republican nominee for president.

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The newly elected women - nearly all Democrats - include the first Muslim women and first Native American women in Congress, as well as the first black women to represent their states in New England. Many cited Trump
The newly elected women - nearly all Democrats - include the first Muslim women and first Native American women in Congress, as well as the first black women to represent their states in New England. Many cited Trump's presidency among the reasons they decided to run for office. Photo:Reuters
The marches have been criticized as being not welcoming to conservative women, who may support Trump
The marches have been criticized as being not welcoming to conservative women, who may support Trump's presidency and oppose abortion rights. The "March for Life" by anti-abortion campaigners was in Washington Friday, attended by Vice President Mike Pence whose wife is due to teach at an anti-LGBT school, as announced earlier this week. Photo:Reuters
Thousands of people have participated in the Third Annual Women
Thousands of people have participated in the Third Annual Women's March at Freedom Plaza in Washington Photo:Reuters
Protesters Descend on Major Cities in 3rd Annual Women
Photo:Reuters
A woman dressed as suffragette gestures during the Women
A woman dressed as suffragette gestures during the Women's March calling for equality, justice and an end to austerity in London, Britain. Photo:Reuters
Protesters hold up signs in the Women
Protesters hold up signs in the Women's March calling for equality, justice and an end to austerity in London, Britain Photo:Reuters
Protesters take part in the Women
Protesters take part in the Women's March calling for equality, justice and an end to austerity in London, Britain. Photo:Reuters
A girl takes part in a march organized by the Women
A girl takes part in a march organized by the Women's March Alliance in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S. Photo:Reuters
Published 19 January 2019 (17 hours 46 minutes ago)
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