Many were the people who flocked to New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston or Denver. The biggest march took place in Los Angeles, the country’s second largest city, with some 300,000 protesters according to the Los Angeles authorities.
In the city of Hollywood, the stars were at the rendezvous. Many of whom addressed the crowds calling for « a revolution ». Natalie Portman shared her experience with « sexual terrorism » she faced at 13 years old. At her side, was actresses Eva Longoria, who has repeatedly expressed support for the #MeToo movement and is one of the initiators of « Time’s up », and Constance Wu.
Actress Scarlett Johansson also spoke. « It gives me hope that we are moving towards a place where our sense of equality can truly come from within ourselves, » she told the crowd, in a microphone held by actress Mila Kunis.
Without naming him, the actress also addressed the actor James Franco, caught up by a scandal related to inappropriate sexual behavior. « My mind baffles. How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power? » She asked, « I want my pin back, by the way, » she continued, referencing the « Time’s up » pin he wore at the Golden Globe Awards on January 7 before he was called a hypocrite by his accusers.
Actress Olivia Munn, speaking at the L.A. Women’s March, also urged the thousands of people gathered to: « Be the team member for every woman in your life, » she said. « Refrain from judgment. Be the rock of the understanding. Be the well of empathy. »
Sophia Bush, Gina Rodriguez, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Allison Janney and Paris Jackson also took part in the Los Angeles Sun Rally.
LA, I love you. For your fight, your heart, your diversity, your tolerance. The food vendors, community organizers, legal teams, day laborers, storytellers, artists, chefs, farm workers, creatives, and more. The fabric of our community is colorful and fantastic. It was an honor to march with you, my neighbors, today. It was a thrill to speak before you. And I am endlessly inspired by the ways that you show up, stand up, and speak up. You are truly a City of Angels. #WomensMarch2018 #WomensMarchLA