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Organizers of the Women's March on Washington expect more than 200,000 people to attend the gathering.

It was a historic day for women's rights worldwide. Here's what happened.


Hundreds of thousands of people are gathering Saturday in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of women's rights and other civil rights they fear could be under threat under Donald Trump's presidency.

It was a historic day for women's rights worldwide. Here's what happened.

WATCH | Meet the men at Saturday's Women's March on Washington. 

UPDATE 8:49 p.m.

More than one million women, men, and children marched loudly and proudly on Saturday, mostly in defiance of President Donald Trump and his polices. It was a historic day that unveiled the power of community organizing. What initially started out as a simple Facebook event blossomed into a roaring global movement--its echoes reverberating throughout D.C., Seattle, France, Antartica, and everywhere in between. 

Marches may have concluded in most parts of the world, but, for many, the fight for women's rights has just begun. 

Take these kids, for example. Despite a tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign, these children not only exude hope for the future, but thirst for change as well. 

"Everybody is equal," said 12-year-old Henry. "No one is left out of human rights because everyone deserves it. We're all homo sapiens. And I do believe I can make a difference as everybody once was a 12-year-old."

Another girl told Circa, "I think everyone has the same amount of power in the world. If you have more money than a person, you still don't have more power than them."

Their messages may be simplistic, but they're certainly resounding and reassuring. As long as an imperfect world exists, they'll be there to preserve the legacies of past rabble-rousers.

UPDATE 4:54:

Images of crowded metro stations suggest the march is drawing to a close. A tweet from a Washington Post reporter, however, indicates otherwise.

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m.

Protesters channeled their energy in front of Trump International Hotel in downtown D.C. According to the Washington Post, people are discarding their signs in front of the luxurious hotel, hoping to send a loud and clear message to the newly-elected president.  

UPDATE: 1:31 p.m.

A massive turnout at the has forced a organizers to rethink their march plans. With hundreds of thousands of protesters filling the streets, the formal march toward the White House has been canceled.

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Organizers say that the official march is canceled.

“They are going to tell the crowd they can go to the Ellipse if they want, but they are not doing the normal parade route, there is too many people,” Chris Geldart, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency told the Washington Post. 

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m.

So many people have turned out for the Women's March in Chicago that organizers have canceled their plans to march through the city's downtown.  Initially, organizers estimated the event would draw 22,000 people but some 150,000 packed the downtown event Saturday.

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, 275,000 people had taken trips on the city's subway system.

On Inauguration Day, 193,000 trips had been taken as of that time, and the rail system opened an hour earlier that day, at 4 a.m.

Washington, DC’s metro system, WMATA, compares turnoutTrump’s poor inauguration attendance.

Compare this to inauguration day capacity.

UPDATE: 10:20 a.m.

Actress America Ferrera,  speaking at the start of a rally, said that "every single one of us" is under attack by President Donald Trump.

The "Ugly Betty" star said the marchers refuse to give up their "right to safe and legal abortions" and said that the U.S. won't ask LGBT Americans to go backward and won't go from a nation of immigrants to "a nation of ignorance."

UPDATE: 9:50 a.m.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem said that the size of Saturday's gathering in Washington was a positive outgrowth of Trump's election and inauguration.

"This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity," Steinem said.

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UPDATE 8:50 a.m.
A city official: 500,000 people.

Organizers expected more than 200,000 people to attend, but  a Washington, D.C. official says the estimated turnout has increased to 500,000  -- more than double the initial predictions.

Large crowds started gathering on the Mall at the nation's capital early in the morning, where events officially kicked off at 10 a.m.. A rally started events that include featured speakers like Gloria Steinem and performers like Janelle Monáe. Afterward, participants will march down the National Mall.

Young girls added their voice to the protest.
The demonstration’s progressively liberal agenda is in sharp contrast to much of what Trump has started to lay out for his presidency.

The platform calls for ending violence against women, workers’ rights, LGBTQ and reproductive rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, climate change--and more.Yet, organizers have insisted that the march isn’t an anti-Trump protest but rather a rallying cry the  range of liberal causes. 

Hillary Clinton's thumbs up to protesters as the rally started.

This is what one of the Metro stations in D.C. look like.

The idea for the event came in the hours after Election Day, as a simple Facebook invitation to march in protest of Donald Trump's electoral victory.  Over the months, the event balloon  a series of sister marches planned in all 50 states and six continents across the world.

Sara Carter, Fernando Hurtado, Elizabeth Hagedorn and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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