The numbers are in — and they show the resistance is still very active.
One of the biggest concerns after the initial Women’s March demonstrations last year was whether protesters could sustain the momentum. Would people remain interested in protesting President Donald Trump’s government and the systemic sexism that led to his election?
Well, the numbers for the latest Women’s March protests — held over the weekend — are in. And people are definitely still interested.
According to data from Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, the Women’s Marches over the weekend involved between 1.6 million and 2.5 million people in events across the US, with an average of 6,700 to 10,400 per march.
That’s not as big as the original Women’s March demonstrations — in which at least 4.2 million people participated. But the original protests were tied to a much bigger event in Trump’s inauguration. The demonstrations over the weekend were tied to an anniversary and early preparation for the 2018 elections — and they still led potentially millions of people to turn out.
This is part of a broader trend. Chenoweth and Pressman have been tracking the size of protest movements since January 21, 2017, the day of the inaugural Women’s March on Washington. Through December 31, 2017, they counted more than 8,700 protests in the US. About 74 percent were against Trump and his policies or views. They estimate that 5.9 million to 9 million people attended those events — the equivalent to 1.8 to 2.8 percent of the US population.
Beyond the Women’s March, Chenoweth and Pressman wrote in the Washington Post, there have been many more demonstrations speaking out against Trump and his views: the airport protests against the travel ban, Read More Here