'This is about equality': Activists take to the streets for Women's March

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A number of protests, marches and events are being throughout Portland Saturday to mark the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Demonstrators from Los Angeles to NY marched in support of female empowerment and denounced Trump's views on women's rights and other issues Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.

There, a group of women wearing red cloaks and white hats like the characters in the book and TV show "The Handmaid's Tale" marched in formation, their heads bowed.

"The Trump shutdown is due to the inability of the Republican Party to do basic governing, like making a budget", he said to cheers.

Tammy Murphy, the wife of New Jersey's new Gov. Phil Murphy, revealed her rarely-told harrowing brush with sexual assault as a college student Saturday during the Women's March.

In Washington, many signs directly referenced Trump and his policies.

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

"I'd be lying if I said that I'm not dispirited and discouraged over having to march yet again to register our opposition to this disastrous first year of the Trump presidency", said Peggy Taylor, a New York City tour guide and Manhattan resident. "He stands against women, abortion, immigration.quite frankly he stands against what American stands for".

In New York City, Bridie Bugeja, from Northport, N.Y., told NPR's Hansi Lo Wang that she put her concerns about sexual harassment onto a sign in the form of a poem, inspired by the Dr. Seuss stories she read to her kids.

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600,000 people turned out for Los Angeles rally, while Washington rally drew some 470,000 marchers. 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.

Trump himself noted the protests, but tweeted that the women should be focused on the current low unemployment rate for women across the country.

This year, in round two, they returned in tens of thousands across Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and other cities of the USA and the world in solidarity yet again, with the Women's March continuing the protest against racism, gender bias, and sexual assault.

March organizers say they've taken steps to make this year's events more inclusive, including increasing diversity among the march leadership.

In Rome, several hundred women gathered downtown and listened to Asia Argento.

"After Trump's election, it was clear to me that politics wasn't going to cut it", said organizer Jacob Bureros, 30, after handing off a megaphone across from City Hall.

In Washington, D.C., marcher Debbie Droke expressed her amazement that these issues continue to pervade.

"We are changing this country one person ... one vote, one woman and one caring man at a time". She said she knows there's a "long slog ahead".

This year's edition of Sundance took on a political bent in light of the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, a campaign that has rippled through Hollywood and beyond since scores of actresses levelled sexual assault allegations against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.