A crowd of over 1,000 amassed outside of New York's Trump International Hotel and Tower to show their resistance of the President's administration on Wednesday, March 8. They were organized in solidarity with demonstrations that took place in more than 50 countries, as the world celebrated International Women's Day. Here in the U.S., many of the thousands who congregated in cities across the nation did so under a general strike promoted as a "Day Without a Woman."
School districts in such cities as Virginia and North Carolina were forced to shut down due to the limited staffing the exodus of workers caused. And while the numbers for Wednesday's events didn't come close to the droves who took to the streets the day after Trump's inauguration, the message was as loud and militant as it has been from some vowing to keep women's rights a priority of the administration, and others calling for an ouster of the Commander In Chief. "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go!" echoed from the scores of women packing Columbus Circle. Outside of Trump Tower alone, 13 women were arrested, including the march's co-founder Linda Sarsour, for reportedly refusing to clear the street.
Later on in the evening, over 2,000 people were estimated to have come together downtown in Washington Square Park. A projector shined the phrase "Women's Strike!" onto the arch raising over the park's entrance. Participants held up signs and took in the messages of speakers blaring from a megaphone.
Despite the hostility espoused against him, the President would take to Twitter to honor the occasion, writing, “tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.” Former President Barack Obama also shared words of solidarity, releasing a statement that read: "On International Women’s Day, @MichelleObama and I are inspired by all of you who embrace your power to drive change."