Protest events took place city-wide on International Women’s Day Wednesday, with thousands showing up to demonstrate solidarity with women and other groups that have been targeted by President Donald Trump’s executive orders.
The events were organized as part of ‘A Day Without Women,’ a day of strike action spearheaded by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington.
The theme was chosen to demonstrate “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds [bring] to our socio-economic system, while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequalities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity,” event organizers said.
Thirteen people were arrested earlier in the day at the Trump International Hotel, and later released, including the movement’s founders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.
Meanwhile, $2.5 trillion asset manager State Street Global Advisors erected a ‘fearless girl’ statue facing the charging bull in New York’s Financial District to highlight the lack of women serving on corporate boards.
In the afternoon, thousands of protesters rallied in Washington Square Park, then marched to Zuccotti Park in the Financial District. The march stopped at a number of locations significant to the civil rights movement including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site, the Varick Street Immigration Center, Stonewall, City Hall, the Africa Burial Ground and a former slave market.
Women attending the rally said it was vital to keep the momentum of the Women’s March going and show solidarity with each other.
“We are showing that we still resist Donald Trump’s platforms and that we’re still passionate about things that were happening before the election. None of that’s changed. I also want to show support for other women who may want to run for government as well which is very frightening to the men,” said a New York woman who declined to give her name. She added that incidents of sexism at her workplace had increased since President Trump’s election.
Meanwhile Lori Janowski, also from New York, said the march wasn’t just about women, but all the movements and groups impacted by Donald Trump’s executive orders.
“We’re here to be in solidarity with women and immigrants and all the other groups that he’s threatening,” Janowski said, adding that she was pleased to see the Democratic Party being more vocal about civil rights issues in the country, after Trump’s election.