A Fight for Equality: Activists, politicians participate in third annual Women’s March


A male protester, donned in a statement dress with anti-Trump messages, participates in the third annual Women’s March Saturday. Credit: Caitlin Chung

Caitlin Chung

Thousands of people hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles sporting pink hats and rainbow flags to participate in the third annual Women’s March Jan. 19. Similar rallies were also held in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and New York.

Participants of the Los Angeles event arrived at Pershing Square at 8:30 a.m. and began marching to City Hall at 10 a.m., where a number of politicians and activists including mayor Eric Garcetti ’88 spoke about the push for equal social justice and federal policies for all.

The annual Women’s March launched in 2017 across the nation to protest the Trump administration after President Trump’s crude remarks regarding women and sexual assault was brought about to the public, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Third time marcher Maddie Boudov ’21 said she has loved participating in a march that upholds a cause she strongly believes in.

“From the participants to the speakers, everyone has a different story and background, and it’s really beautiful to see a very empowering and supportive environment,” Boudov said. “My favorite part of this year’s march was during the march to city hall seeing a man in a fabulous giant pink dress with a huge bow dancing [across] a crosswalk [and] taking pictures with a little girl. It was just a very beautiful moment to see two very different people having a moment of connection while marching for what they believe in.”