Thousands of Women March for Equal Rights, in US, Around World

This year's Women's Marches are all about mobilizing women to vote in run for and win elections.                      Corey Rangel

This year's Women's Marches are all about mobilizing women to vote in run for and win elections. Corey Rangel

Update 8.50pm: USA president Donald Trump tweeted that it was a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" of his first year in office - while women across America rallied against him and his policies.

An estimated 250 women's marches were expected to be held yesterday and today in major US cities, including large-scale demonstrations in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. The main protest took place in Washington DC, where thousands gathered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and some later made their way to the White House.

People held up signs that read, "Brown is Beautiful", "Rise Up Woman" and "Love Not Hate Makes America Great" and they chanted "I'm undocumented and unafraid" and "Black Lives Matter". He tweeted Saturday that it was a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" of his first year in office.

Here are some extraordinary statistics tracking the number of women lobbying Congress, running for office, and speaking out against Trump since last year's Women's March.

Pelosi further underlined that many more people had turned out for last year's march than had attended Trump's inauguration.

From Washington DC to Chicago and from California to Japan, crowds of women and their supporters turned out, seeking to channel activism into political change as the United States looks ahead to crucial mid-term elections in November.

The mass protests commemorate a year since the historic Women's March on January 21, 2017, a day after Trump's inauguration. Carrying signs, demonstrators voiced their support for women's rights and equality and the cultural shift that has rocked numerous industries and communities in the past few months.

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The resistance is stronger than ever and protests were held in Washington D.C., New York City, Raleigh, Boston, Omaha, Indianapolis, San Diego, Chicago, Baltimore, and more.

Organizers hope to build on the energy felt by Trump opponents after his surprise election victory in 2016 and channel it into gains for progressive candidates in November's midterm elections, using the theme "Power to the Polls".

"Just everything that has happened over the past year with Charlottesville, trans rights and a number of things the president has said, I just wanted to figure out how to get involved", she said.

Bob Bland, a NY fashion designer who is now one of the organization's national co-chairs, joined the call to action with her own message: "Who wants to join me?!?" she asked. "We understand that this is the most serious stress test of our democracy in our nation's history, and we have to do what we've always done in times like this, which is organize, mobilize, elect good democrats, lead with our values, and that's precisely what we've been doing in 2017, and we're going to continue that momentum in 2018".

Hundreds of women's marches are taking place this weekend around the world.

Saturday's NY march will be one of an estimated 250 women's marches planned for Saturday and Sunday around the world.

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