36 Powerful Women Who Showed Up At Marches

by Kelly Tunney
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On Saturday, one day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, millions of women across the globe took to the streets to march for gender equality. Adding some star power to the crowds were plenty of powerful women at the women's marches standing in solidarity with their fellow feminists in the battle for equal rights.

Some celebrities announced before the event that they would be participating, and some decided to work closer with the organizers. Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Ashley Judd and more were all expected, as well as Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, whose organization partnered with the Women's March. The iconic feminist leader Gloria Steinem even said she would be a co-chair.

Many celebrities, and especially actresses have spoken out in recent years about gender equality and equal pay in Hollywood. Now, they are putting their words to action as they march in rallies across the country to hold the government accountable for its words and actions that have been disparaging to women. Protestors have cited Trump's comments that he could grab women, as well as other views held by his administration including Vice President Mike Pence's views on homosexuality and the looming threats to reproductive freedom as a rallying cry for a new movement to assure women's rights.

Below are some of the powerful women lending their voice to the cause.

1. Gloria Steinem

2. Amy Poehler

3. Lena Dunham

4. Jenny Slate

5. Amber Tamblyn

6. America Ferrera

7. Cecile Richards

8. Janelle Monae

9. Alicia Keys

10. Amy Schumer

11. Jessica Chastain

12. Zendaya

13. Janet Mock

14. Scarlett Johansson

15. Ashley Judd

16. Gina Rodriguez

17. Mandy Moore

18. Elizabeth Gilbert

19. Ariana Grande

20. Sophia Bush

21. Chrissy Teigen

22. Chelsea Handler

23. Charlize Theron

24. Connie Britton

25. Katy Perry

26. Maggie Gyllenhaal

27. Melissa Benoist

28. Helen Mirren

29. Cynthia Nixon

30. Diane Guerrero

31. Gillian Anderson

32. Kristen Stewart

33. Cher

34. Lauren Dern

35. Brie Larson

36. Madonna

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It's so important to have women with a national or global platform join in the effort to achieve equality. To see celebrities giving of their time to march hand in hand with women from across the world is the best sign of hope we can get from them following the inauguration of Trump. It tells us that we're not alone in fighting this battle and that all of our resources can be combined to take on the new administration. As Meryl Streep said during her Golden Globes acceptance speech,

This instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.

Now more than ever we need to remember those words and let them guide us, even after the march ends and the long work of the next four years begins.