A Women’s March has taken place in the centre of York on Saturday 21st January, in wake of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America.
Mr Trump, who was sworn in as president on the previous day, has faced considerable backlash over alleged sexist comments he has made towards women. Most famously, he has attracted significant criticism rgarding a taped conversation in 2005 in which he referred to ‘grab[bing] them [women] by the pussy’. The York march is one of a considerable number of protests around the world against not only the inauguration of Trump, but also against the rise of right-wing populist politics across both Europe and the United States. Attendance in London was estimated to be at around 100,000 people, whilst in the United States, around half a million people marched on Washington D.C.
During the course of the march, the crowds made their way from outside York Minster, before travelling around High Petergate, Parliament Street, Coney Street, before passing up Stonegate to conclude outside the Minster. In addition to the march, there were musical preformances and speeches given by the organisers. Participants were encouraged to post on social media with the hashtags: “#WomensMarchYork”, “#WomensMarch” and “#Sistermarch” to show solidarity with other marches around the world. Several hundred people turned out to the event, including the Labour Party MP for York Central, Rachael Maskell, who tweeted:
Cindy Campbell, the York march’s organiser, said on the event’s Facebook page that the aim was to send a message of “hope”, “unity”, and “love” against a “world of hatred”, and was keen to stress the inclusive nature of the event. On the Women’s Grid website listing for the event, it was added that the marchers were “com[ing] together in the spirit of democracy, honouring the champions of human rights who have gone before us”.