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Organizers of the DC March on Washington expected a couple hundred thousand people would turn out for the women's rights, anti-Donald Trump protest the day after his inauguration. Instead, they got 500,000.

The story was the same across the country. 250,000 people in Chicago. 175,000 in Boston. 750,000 in Los Angeles. 100,000 in the Twin Cities. All told, some two million people took to the streets to advance the cause of women — equality, opportunity and inclusion.

Caitlin Abber

The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, women and their allies gathered in cities all over the world to protest his words, actions, and the potential consequences of his leadership.

Early estimates suggest more than a million people, easily, turned out in the US, with hundreds of thousands more in cities around the world  

Washington, DC, is expecting 500,000 people to turn up today to participate in today's Women's March on Washington.

The event will start with speeches before progressing to a march along the National Mall toward the White House.

The march is in part in response to Friday's inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, but also in support of civil rights and inclusion. In addition to the march on Washington, tens of thousands of women turned out for sister marches in cities all over the world.

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As tens, even hundreds, of thousands of women pour into Washington, DC, for the Women's March on Washington, thousand of sister marches around the world have already taken place.

From Australia to India, the Czech Republic to the UK, thousands of women have taken to the streets in the name of equality, equal rights, civil rights and economic opportunity.

Reactions to a Trump presidency — from around the globe

Jan 20, 2017

"America," Donald Trump said today during his inauguration, is going to “start winning again.”

From now on, it’s going to be “America first” — and that mentality, he said, will surely lead to “great prosperity and strength.”   

About that, opinions run the gamut. We checked in with some of our journalists and other correspondents from across the globe — to get a sense of what people are thinking and feeling about the new US president — from Russia, where there's a big market for Trump merchandise, to Mexico, where even schoolchildren watched the inauguration live on TV.

Maria Murriel

The Women’s March on Washington will take to the streets of DC this weekend to call on the American people to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights.”

With more than 200,000 people expected to attend, it's set to be the largest US presidential inauguration demonstration in history. That's larger than both Vietnam War-related protests at Richard Nixon's inaugurations in the 1969 and 1973.


Shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, all mentions of the phrase “climate change” disappeared from the official White House website,

The site now outlines Trump’s “America First Energy Plan,” which promises to roll back clean water rules and efforts to fight climate change.

The plan echoes pledges Trump made during his campaign and after his election.

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Donald Trump’s first inaugural address contained more mentions of the word “America” than any other inaugural address in history. It was a speech that was in line with his tone on the campaign trail: short, simple, and strongly worded.

We took the first inaugural addresses of every president and compared them to Trump's speech. (Presidents who took office after a resignation or death of a sitting president were not included.)

President Donald Trump has taken office, and in his inaugural speech he called for loyalty — to the United States, and to one another.

Photos: Compare the crowd at Trump's inauguration with Obama's

Jan 20, 2017

Estimating crowd size is always tricky, so we let photographs taken at both Barack Obama's and Donald Trump's inauguration ceremonies do the comparison.

Trump's inauguration was expected to draw about 800,000. The crowds stand in stark contrast to Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, which was estimated to draw about 1.8 million, making it the most well-attended inauguration in history. 

We love music at The World — and this week's music was no exception. From Sudanese retro-pop, to a Nigerian musican who never talked to us, give a listen to some of what we loved this week.

Sudanese-born singer Alsarah

The music Alsarah and The Nubatones make combines some of the retro-pop from Sudan's Nubia region and Arabic influences from her time spent in Morocco — two different parts of Africa that Alsarah and The Nubatones have woven skillfully together.

On Capitol Hill, government officials are clearing out their desks. New ones are moving in. And President Donald Trump has been handed the keys to the country's nuclear arsenal.

But despite all the change anticipated in Washington under the Trump administration, we should probably expect continuity when it comes to nuclear arms, says Ambassador Adam Scheinman, who has served as the State Department's special representative to the president for nuclear nonproliferation since 2014. 

Travel writer Jessica Nabongo has been following American politics far from her hometown of Detroit for the last several years.

Nabongo has visited 66 countries, along the way posting photos, reviews and tips on her blog, “The Catch Me If You Can.” She was in Kenya when, toward the end of 2015, she realized that Donald Trump really had a chance at becoming president.

“I’m still in a state of shock and disbelief,” she said.

All this kid wanted for Christmas was to be at Trump's inauguration

Jan 20, 2017

People trickled onto the National Mall before sunset Thursday, many wearing red hats, stopping for photos at a fenced area with a clear view of the Capitol Building to the east and the Washington Monument to the west.

A young, bearded man holding a sign that said "Not my president" stepped up on a barrier wall.

The loose crowd burst into boos and cheers, almost by command. Some of them started bickering. Insulting each other.

And an eager boy in a black suit — and a red hat — called on his mom to look at the commotion.

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Priya Jayaraman's parents warned her not to talk politics outside their home. They told her, "Mind your own business, don't look at other people while they are talking."

Jayaraman, a dentist in San Francisco, says that being a woman in India back then, they just wanted to keep her safe.

She moved from India to the US in 2004, but those rules have stuck with her.

It's one reason she won't be participating in the Women's March, a sizable demonstration against President-elect Donald Trump that will follow his inauguration. That doesn't mean she's pro-Trump, though.