Members of Florence's international community joined the millions of people around the world standing in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington by participating in peaceful demonstrations in Florence and in Rome on January 21.
The Washington D.C. march, which these affiliate events supported, began as a grassroots initiative immediately following the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. As reported by The Washington Post, retiree Teresa Shook created a Facebook event encouraging women to march on the nation's capital the day after Trump's inauguration as a way to demonstrate a commitment to feminist ideals, climate justice and intersectional identity politics (view the official platform here). Overnight, 10,000 people unofficially registered for the event, which grew further as it gained support from high-profile partners and organizations. D.C. officials estimated a turnout of 500,000 in the final days leading up to the march. Across the globe, same-day sister marches were scheduled, with a total of 673 events registered across all seven continents, and an estimated 4,797,500 marchers.