National Mall crowd was bigger for Women's March than Trump inauguration

Numerous celebrities have been voicing their opposition against Trump since the start of the presidential campaign

They were proud of their accomplishment.

The marchers - women, men and children - say that the protests shouldn't necessarily be regarded as anti-Trump or pro-women, but rather that their aim is to highlight different human rights issues such as LGBTQIA rights, workers' rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights and environmental justice.

"We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war", said actress America Ferrera. We decided to make our voices heard via chant, song, sign and presence, even if while standing in place, instead of actually marching.

The new president vowed to not impose America's way of life on other nations and to fight "radical Islamic terrorism".

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: What are you marching for, and what are you marching against? "No matter who is in office, these things are not negotiable and should be part of our modern society as we go forward". "Together, we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again again and yes, together, we will make America great again". So, that's the really handsome thing about this. "It's time to speak your mind and concerns and to do our best to salvage the values we cherish in America".

Alicia Keys sang Girl On Fire for the Washington crowd, Madonna gave a passionate address to the gathering and Cher said Mr Trump's rise has people "more frightened maybe than they've ever been". "It's not who we wanted this time, but now we know we can change it".

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The movement spread far beyond Washington, as more than 600 "sister marches" were planned spanning as far overseas as Myanmar and Australia.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin helped rally a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, urging them to get involved. A lot of this came to the forefront and these conversations came to the forefront during the election cycle. But women do seem to be flowing into Washington in big numbers. Linda Sarsour, one of our national co-chairs, is Muslim American. We need to be heard and respected. "I think Trump and I think Mike Pence might be even more of a threat, " she said, referring to the Vice President, who has a long record of opposing reproductive services and opposing the LGBT community.

Although the United States capital does not release crowd counts, organisers told news agency AFP they estimated a turnout of one million - quadrupling initial expectations - with huge crowds joining sister marches around the country.

CARMEN PEREZ: We welcome you.

"But it's the intimate moments I'll cherish most". "I fear he is going to take away our rights".

"I would have been very dejected yesterday if I wasn't able to be here and experience this solidarity", she said as a young female approached her to sign a rainbow flag.

A day after the inaugural ceremonies, though, Trump supporters were still in town and keeping a presence. So, the physical massing of women who oppose him feels like one of the most appropriate ways to stand against him. "We're just so excited to be here", one woman gushed. "We had a massive field of people, packed".

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: How will you measure whether or not Saturday is a success? I'm so glad I marched. We have people power and we will use it. It was Donald Trump who criticized a judge of Mexican heritage.

BOB BLAND: I think he will be tweeting.

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