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Hundreds of thousands of women poured into Washington Saturday for the Women’s March, a larger-than-expected crowd determined to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inaugural gathering for Donald Trump one day earlier.

Coming from around the country and sometimes sleeping on the couches of people they had never met before, the marchers occupied a swath of terrain around the National Museum of the American Indian. Organizers said Saturday they expect as many as a half million participants — potentially dwarfing Friday’s inaugural crowd.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, 82, who was among the first speakers, looked out over the swelling crowd and exulted, “This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of democracy like I’ve never seen in my very long life.”

WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues.  (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/ For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/ For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Gloria Steinem speaks before the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Gloria Steinem speaks before the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Crowds fill Pennsylvania Ave. Saturday January 21, 2017 during the Women's March in Washington, DC. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Crowds fill Pennsylvania Ave. Saturday January 21, 2017 during the Women’s March in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Scarlett Johansson stands with groups during the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Scarlett Johansson stands with groups during the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
Protesters leave signs outside the Trump Hotel. (Alejandra Matos/Washington Post
Protesters leave signs outside the Trump Hotel. (Alejandra Matos/Washington Post

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Women’s March on Washington

Planning started fewer than three months ago from the home of a grandmother in Hawaii in the wake of the unexpected election results. Now, on President Trump’s first full day in office, the Women’s March on Washington is here — and it’s expected to be massive and the biggest demonstration tied to the Trump inauguration.

Upward of 500,000 women are expected to gather near the Capitol on the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW this morning. (Here’s a bit more about the origins of the march.)

The march is broadly about a demand for equal rights for women after the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president by a major party, was defeated in the November election. But in recent weeks, the march’s organizers have defined it with a progressively liberal agenda and signed on groups like Planned Parenthood as co-sponsors. The platform calls for ending violence against women, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights and more.

The inclusion of reproductive rights in the platform has angered antiabortion activists, who feel that they too are feminists and this march now excludes. Many antiabortion activists still plan to attend the march to participate and make their stances on abortion clear. (Read more about the debate of whether there is a place for antiabortion women in the Women’s March here.)

The planning of the march highlighted many rifts within the feminist movement. Still, march organizers say this is intended to be a positive, forward looking march. And there will be scores of celebrities to mark the occasion. Janelle Monáe will perform, Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Judd will make appearances. And activists Angela Davis and Michael Moore and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will also be speaking. (Find the full list of speakers here.)

And before you head over make sure to read our rundown of all the logistics you need to know.

The rally will run until about 1:15, and after that, the participants will begin marching west to The Ellipse park, just south of the White House.

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