Protestors flock in droves to anti-Trump Women's Marches

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A year after millions of people turned out for the Women's March and took to the streets en masse to protest President Trump's inauguration, demonstrators gathered in cities across the United States, galvanised by their disdain for Trump and his administration's policies.

The first speaker to address the crowd at this years event was the founder of the Women's March on New Jersey, Elizabeth Meyer who began by reflecting on the state of the country and the many issues that divide the nation.

"Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months", the Republican wrote.

"Lowest female unemployment in 18 years".

Women's Marches are taking place Saturday in cities across the US, including Los Angeles, Austin, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

The marches also focused on women's rights and protesting Trump's policies and rhetoric on women and minorities.

Nancy Sinatra, who sang the 1966 hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin'", succinctly replied to Trump with her own tweet.

"I feel differently about it this year", Ann Dee Allen, a healthcare communications specialist from Wauwatosa in Wisconsin, told the New York Times.

Organizers chose Nevada to host the main event this year because it "was rocked by the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, recent sexual assault allegations against elected officials and has become a battleground state that will shape the Senate in 2018", according to the Women's March website.

"If you're not considering all women's voices", Sotomayor said, "then why are you here?" Among the goals of this year's march are getting more Democrats to run for public office by bolstering voter registration.

One of the biggest marches was in NY, where 37,000 people had signed up on the march's Facebook page.

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"The oppression that we deal with today is deliberate and intentional, so they need to be deliberately and intentionally dismantled", Barnett said.

Trump's main opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Democratic former US first lady Hillary Clinton, said the Women's March a year ago was "a beacon of hope and defiance".

Although many protesters were returning for a second year, many came for the first time - some so young they had not been able to vote in the 2016 election.

Crowd estimates for the march in Washington were down from last year's gathering.

The White House did not offer comment on the marches beyond Trump's tweet, which perhaps isn't surprising. "And I never thought in a million years that I'd have to be doing this again to bring focus to women's rights".

It's been a full year since Donald Trump's inauguration.

"I don't believe this administration is going to do anything good for women", she said.

Tammy Murphy told her story while speaking at a women's march in Morristown.

Even so, Katie O'Connor, a 39-year-old lawyer from Knoxville, Tennessee, who traveled to Washington's National Mall, said she wanted Trump out. (Ryan Levi/KQED) Crowds marching through downtown Oakland during the Women's March.

The rallies come during what has been seen as a pivotal year for women's rights, with the #MeToo and #TimesUp social media efforts against sexual harassment and abuse that were born out of a string of scandals in Hollywood, Washington and elsewhere. "But I'm excited to be able to fix it", she said, clad in a red and blue Superwoman outfit.

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