Editor’s note: This article contains vulgar and sexually graphic content.
Washington D.C. — The day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, thousands of women took to the National Mall on Saturday to march against him. We went to check it out. Here are some of the things we saw.
1. Vaginas, Vulvas, and Uteruses
Many of the women carried signs displaying the female reproductive system to object to Trump’s statements that he would appoint a pro-life Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
This woman, Alex Bee, couldn’t tell me (Bre) which states allow children to buy guns. Federal law bars anyone from selling a handgun to minors.
Yvonne Berry, of Portland Maine, (not pictured) explained that Trump’s statements that he would back the GOP-led efforts to defund Planned Parenthood were an attack on reproductive rights.
3. ‘Pussy Hats’ Galore
Many of these hats were knitted by an organization called the Pussyhat Project. The hats were shaped like cat ears, a reference to leaked audio tapes in which Trump bragged that he has grabbed women by their p*ssy.
4. Pro-Life Supporters
Madeline: Tabitha and Elizabeth, mother and daughter from Virginia, stood alone on the west side of the Capitol building holding a sign supporting rights for the unborn. They had planned on meeting up with another group of pro-life supporters at the Supreme Court, but because of traffic had arrived too late.
“This is a democracy, and everyone is here protesting what we believe in, so we’re protesting what we believe in,” Elizabeth said.
Bre: I ran into a group of pro-life nuns from the Sisters of Mercy, who said they were there to support women’s rights and to express concerns about human trafficking, climate change, and sexism.
5. Planned Parenthood Supporters
6. LGBT Activists
Nick, a 26-year-old from New York, said the art gallery that he works at in Chelsea sponsored a bus to DC.
“Me and my husband just got married, so LGBT rights are a big issue for me, also a lot of my friends are women so just standing in solidarity with them… and Donald Trump is a fool, so that’s a big reason,” he said of his motivations for joining the women’s march.
7. Bikers for Trump
“We’re here to support the Women’s March. We’ve all got the same president,” said Ted Shpak, the president of Rolling Thunder. “Most (of the women) have been real nice. We’re just here playing music for them.”
When I (Bre) first arrived to the area where Bikers for Trump were set up, they were playing Michael Jackson, but after a while, a man started singing:
ISIS is going to kill us all / What are we going to do?
What’s a country going to hell coming to?
8. Creepy Men In Face Masks with Graffiti Stencils
9. Women Who Hate ‘The Wall’
This mom, Jennifer King, brought her 8-year-old son, Jacob, with her to protest against Trump.
“I want my son to have a future where he knows what bullies are and how to fight them non-violently,” she said. “Where women can live free of fear.”
Jacob said that he didn’t like Trump because Trump is a racist, and doesn’t like that Trump wants to build a wall.
11. Women Decked Out In SEIU Swag
These women, who refused to be identified, told me that about 73 SEIU members attended the march from Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. When asked if their transportation was paid for out of their own pockets or by the union, the women were quickly surrounded by others in SEIU swag, who repeated: “We are just here to have a good time.”
I (Bre) overheard one woman say to the other while looking in my direction: “Do you feel that? That’s stress.”