Women’s March 2019: Thousands of women attend protest in London against austerity

Thousands of demonstrators marched through London today ahead of the anniversary of Donald Trump‘s inauguration as President.

The now-annual march first took place on January 21, 2017, with hundreds of thousands of women gathering across the world, including in London and in Washington DC.

This year’s protest had the theme ‘bread and roses’, in honour of American Rose Schneiderman who fronted a rally of the same name in 1912.

Bread and roses originated from a speech by Ms Schneiderman, in which she said ‘the worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too’ – meaning workers should be entitled to a life where they are doing more than just surviving.

Protesters gathered in Portland Place, Marylebone, at 12pm, as part of a rally against austerity in the UK, before making their way towards Trafalgar Square.

Thousands of demonstrators held signs bearing slogans including ‘austerity is misogyny’, ‘women’s rights are human rights’ and ‘Brexit wrecks it’.

Writing about the event on the Women’s March website, organisers said: ‘[Austerity] is the common denominator in the rise of economic oppression, violence against women, gender pay gap, racism, fascism, institutional sexual harassment, hostile environment and Brexit. 

‘Mostly impacting marginalised groups of people in the United Kingdom who are the many not the few.

‘With the imminence of Brexit, we want austerity to end and are demanding specific assurances from the UK government. 

‘It is time to eliminate the dividing line between the “Haves” and “Have Nots”. Equality demands that we all get to thrive and not just survive. We demand Prosperity not Austerity.’ 

Thousands of demonstrators marched through London today ahead of the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President

Thousands of demonstrators marched through London today ahead of the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President

Thousands of demonstrators marched through London today ahead of the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President

Thousands of demonstrators marched through London today ahead of the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President. One woman held a sign referencing the outcry over the use of a rape victim's thong in a court case in Cork to imply she had consented 

Thousands of demonstrators marched through London today ahead of the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President. One woman held a sign referencing the outcry over the use of a rape victim's thong in a court case in Cork to imply she had consented 

One woman held a sign referencing the outcry over the use of a rape victim’s thong in a court case in Cork to imply she had consented 

Another held a placard saying 'teach girls to be somebodies instead of somebody's' and 'men of quality don't fear equality'

Another held a placard saying 'teach girls to be somebodies instead of somebody's' and 'men of quality don't fear equality'

Another held a placard saying ‘teach girls to be somebodies instead of somebody’s’ and ‘men of quality don’t fear equality’

The now-annual march first took place on January 21, 2017, with hundreds of thousands of women gathering across the world, including in London and in Washington DC

The now-annual march first took place on January 21, 2017, with hundreds of thousands of women gathering across the world, including in London and in Washington DC

The now-annual march first took place on January 21, 2017, with hundreds of thousands of women gathering across the world, including in London and in Washington DC

Transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf joined protesters for the women's march through central London today

Transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf joined protesters for the women's march through central London today

Transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf joined protesters for the women’s march through central London today

One woman dressed up as a suffragette for the protest through central London earlier today. The march began at 12pm

One woman dressed up as a suffragette for the protest through central London earlier today. The march began at 12pm

One woman dressed up as a suffragette for the protest through central London earlier today. The march began at 12pm

This year's protest had the theme 'bread and roses', in honour of American Rose Schneiderman who fronted a rally of the same name in 1912

This year's protest had the theme 'bread and roses', in honour of American Rose Schneiderman who fronted a rally of the same name in 1912

This year’s protest had the theme ‘bread and roses’, in honour of American Rose Schneiderman who fronted a rally of the same name in 1912

The theme of this year's march was 'bread and roses', and focuses on rallying against austerity in the UK

The theme of this year's march was 'bread and roses', and focuses on rallying against austerity in the UK

The theme of this year’s march was ‘bread and roses’, and focuses on rallying against austerity in the UK

The title is in honour of American Rose Schneiderman who fronted a rally of the same name in 1912. Pictured: women holding up signs against the tampon tax, and referencing the Avril Lavigne song Girlfriend

The title is in honour of American Rose Schneiderman who fronted a rally of the same name in 1912. Pictured: women holding up signs against the tampon tax, and referencing the Avril Lavigne song Girlfriend

The title is in honour of American Rose Schneiderman who fronted a rally of the same name in 1912. Pictured: women holding up signs against the tampon tax, and referencing the Avril Lavigne song Girlfriend

Bread and roses originated from a speech by Ms Schneiderman, in which she said 'the worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too'

Bread and roses originated from a speech by Ms Schneiderman, in which she said 'the worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too'

Bread and roses originated from a speech by Ms Schneiderman, in which she said ‘the worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too’

Protesters hold up signs from various charities including refuge, who help with women and children affected by domestic violence, and Bloody Good Period, who provide sanitary products for those who can't afford them

Protesters hold up signs from various charities including refuge, who help with women and children affected by domestic violence, and Bloody Good Period, who provide sanitary products for those who can't afford them

Protesters hold up signs from various charities including refuge, who help with women and children affected by domestic violence, and Bloody Good Period, who provide sanitary products for those who can’t afford them

Others held placards featuring Frida Kahlo, a feminist icon who used her art to explore gender and identity questions 

Others held placards featuring Frida Kahlo, a feminist icon who used her art to explore gender and identity questions 

Others held placards featuring Frida Kahlo, a feminist icon who used her art to explore gender and identity questions 

Others held signs saying 'if you're not angry, you're not paying attention!' The rally was in support of equality and justice and against violence

Others held signs saying 'if you're not angry, you're not paying attention!' The rally was in support of equality and justice and against violence

Others held signs saying ‘if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention!’ The rally was in support of equality and justice and against violence

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