Within The U.S., The Women’s March Drew 1.8 - 2.6 Million Marchers

The Women's March outshined last year's turnout with well over 1 million Americans marching for women's empowerment.

Women (and men) all across the globe gathered over the weekend to march for women's empowerment on the anniversary of the first Women's March, which took place on President Donald Trump's inauguration day last year.

But this year's totals outdid the first, with estimates ranging from 1.8-2.6 million marchers, and flowed over into a second day.

In the eyes of one organizer, what started as a protest has become a "movement".

In Phoenix, local rally organizer Eva Burch said last year's march was a protest, this year's is a "movement."

"This year, we have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in 2018 elections," Burch said. "Last year, we discovered how much energy was waiting and willing to be harnessed in the community, and I felt like this year we had an obligation to tap into that and give people something to do."

The United States did not march alone, joined by marchers from dozens of countries around the world:

Rallies took place in more than 30 countries. In London, thousands rallied from Downing Street, home of Prime Minister Theresa May, to a memorial to women in World War II. The crowd, undaunted by the cold, rainy day, chanted "Time's up" and "We want justice, not revenge."

The U.S. saw a "power-to-the-polls" theme take shape, where women were encouraged to run for office in this year's midterms and rally leaders hoped to register one million voters across the country.

And the #MeToo movement took center stage as well:

Empowerment took on an added urgency this year after revelations of sexual misconduct by men in the media, politics, sports and other careers. And in New Jersey, first lady Tammy Murphy shared her #MeToo story with thousands of people who attended Saturday's Women’s March in Morristown, saying she wanted to "add my voice to this growing chorus.”

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