Protesters were in Mexico and as far away as Antarctica
Marches also took place in London, Paris, Cape Town and Sydney
The Women’s March extended beyond the United States, as similar protests cropped up around the world over women’s rights and other issues the marchers fear could be under threat from Donald Trump’s presidency.
Although the focus of the day was the Women’s March on Washington, many people attended the hundreds of “sister marches” that occurred around the US and the globe.
Women and men in cities including Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris, Nairobi and Cape Town, marched in solidarity with the marchers in Washington and in opposition to the values they think Trump represents.
Near and far
A crowd of people gathered near the US Embassy in Mexico City on Saturday, shutting down the street and holding signs.
“Say it loud, say it clear, migrants are welcome here,” they shouted.
Not all of the protesters were Mexican. Some Americans were there, too, in a show of solidarity.
One man told CNN, “It’s a little strange to have this kind of shame and lack of pride for what direction the United States is heading in.”
A “pro-peace, pro-environment” march also took place on Antarctica. Twitter user Linda Zunas posted pictures of people there taking part in the global event.
“Love rules in Antarctica,” read one poster, held by a man bundled up on the snowy landscape in Paradise Bay.
“We are allies, not bystanders,” read another sign, held by a woman posing in front of a glacier.
‘Girl Power vs. Trump Tower’
Australia was the scene of the day’s first major international march, with thousands joining an anti-Trump demonstration in downtown Sydney.
Organizers said as many as 5,000 people attended the protest at Martin Place; police estimated the number was closer to 3,000.
Chants from the crowd included “Women united will never be defeated” and “When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back.” Some carried banners with messages such as “Girl Power vs. Trump Tower” and “Dump the Trump.”
A separate group of about 30 Trump supporters held a rally in Sydney. The police restrained some of them, blocking them from entering the same area as the Trump protest group.
Protest organizers in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, said about 700 people turned out there for a women’s march. Marches were also held in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Protesters also joined together to march in Nairobi, Kenya – the African nation that was the native country of former President Barack Obama’s father.
Marchers in Cape Town, South Africa, carried banners with slogans such as “Climate change is a women’s issue” and “So over mediocre men running things.”
Other African nations staging women’s marches included Ghana and Malawi.
Big crowds turned out Saturday in dozens of cities across Europe, with marchers including men, women and children.
Protesters who gathered outside one of Rome’s most famous structures, the Pantheon, on Saturday morning carried signs reading “Yes we must” and “Women’s rights are human rights.”
Demonstrators also took to the streets of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and other cities in Germany.