Thousands of people marched this weekend in Seattle’s Women’s March 2.0, the second nationally coordinated women-centered march since the election of President Donald Trump. According to the official Facebook event, 26,000 people attended and 43,000 people marked interest in attending.
Marchers held signs in support of women’s rights, LGBTQ issues, supporting immigrants and people of color and more. The crowd started at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill and marched to the Seattle Center.
Andrea Robinson and her niece Audrey Snedecor, 16, marched, holding up two signs they picked up at a couple tables before the march started.
Snedecor said it was her first time ever participating in a march.
“Seeing all the people uniting together, I really wanted to be a part of that,” Snedecor said. “And I wanted to help fight for things, fight for basic human rights for everyone and just for the world in general.”
Snedecor’s mom also wanted to come but couldn’t because of work.
Volunteers, including artist Norma Baum, brought puppets portraying powerful women. The women included Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Marie Curie and Dolores Huerta.
“They’re to empower people,” Baum said about the puppets. “About very humble people who were faced with incredible odds and they took, they just did the right thing.”
The Seattle march was one of many nationwide that took place Saturday. On Sunday, dozens of organizations throughout the Seattle area also participated in a related day of action, which offered a variety of workshops and events.