Celebrities turn up to lend support to women's marches

Hundreds of people took to the streets of London on Sunday to say 'Time's Up' to issues including harassment and the gender pay gap. It comes as part of a series of marches taking place around the world over the weekend.
(From left) Actresses Eva Longoria, Constance Wu and Natalie Portman speak to the 500,000 strong crowd during the Women's Rally, in Los Angeles, California.
(From left) Actresses Eva Longoria, Constance Wu and Natalie Portman speak to the 500,000 strong crowd during the Women's Rally, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: AFP
Actress Viola Davis speaks to the crowd during the Women's Rally, in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Viola Davis speaks to the crowd during the Women's Rally, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: AFP
Actresses Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson speaking at the Women's March, in Los Angeles, California.
Actresses Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson speaking at the Women's March, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: AFP
Singer/actress Cher speaking at the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Singer/actress Cher speaking at the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.PHOTO: REUTERS
Singer Faith Evans performs during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Singer Faith Evans performs during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.PHOTOS: AFP
Singer Ledisi performs during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Singer Ledisi performs during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Elizabeth Banks speaks at the Women's March in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Elizabeth Banks speaks at the Women's March in Los Angeles, California.PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Allison Janney speaks at the Women's March in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Allison Janney speaks at the Women's March in Los Angeles, California.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (NYTimes) - Women marched in cities across the world over the weekend, celebrating gains but also demanding an end to sexual harassment and an equal seat at the political and economic table.

In the United States, with the marches coming on the anniversary of President Donald Trump's taking office, much of the focus fell on him.

But the demonstrations also came after a year of accounts of women being harassed in the workplace, in the dating arena and even while training for the Olympics.

"It's not just against Trump," said Ms Lily Manning, 23, who was attending a rally with her mother in Paris. She noted that the #MeToo movement had put the spotlight on women's rights.

"We have more of a platform," she noted. "People are listening."

In London, Ms Harini Iyengar, a spokesman for the Women's Equality Party, was among those marching through the rain and snow.

Her group was founded only a few years ago but is the fastest-growing political party in Britain. "My placard says 'We've been marching for 100 years', because after 100 years, we still haven't achieved the political will to end sexual violence against women and girls or workplace sexual harassment in the UK," she said.

 

Celebrities also showed up to lend their support.

Singer Adele captioned a picture she took with actresses Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lawrence saying: "I am obsessed with all the women in my life. I adore them and need them more and more every day.

"I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn't change it for the world."


Actress Viola Davis speaks to the crowd during the Women's Rally, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: AFP


Actresses Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson speaking at the Women's March, in Los Angeles, California.  PHOTO: AFP


Singer/actress Cher speaking at the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTO: REUTERS


Singer Faith Evans performs during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTOS: AFP


Singer Ledisi performs during the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTO: REUTERS


Actress Elizabeth Banks speaks at the Women's March in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: REUTERS


Actress Allison Janney speaks at the Women's March in Los Angeles, California.PHOTO: REUTERS