“So proud of the women around the world who came together today for pro-choice!” wrote Rihanna.
Yesterday (January 21), an estimated 3 million marched across the US in opposition to Donald Trump and to stand together for human rights and environmental protection, with around 100,000 people also flooding the streets of London and an estimated 168 sister marches taking place across the world.
Rihanna, André 3000, Alicia Keys, Grimes and Madonna were among the artists who came out to show their support at the Women’s March protests, with Rihanna turning up to the demo outside Trump Tower in New York wearing a pink “This pussy grabs back” hoodie.
The ‘Work’ artist was filmed dancing and chanting ‘My body, my choice’ along with the crowds on Fifth Avenue.
“So proud to be a woman!! So proud of the women around the world who came together today for pro-choice!,” she wrote on Instagram.
André 3000 was snapped at the Atlanta march. According to SF Gate, the crowd marching from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the Georgia Capitol was estimated at 60,000.
Alicia Keys fired up the protestors in Washington with a performance of ‘Girl on Fire,’ also presenting a speech that included a recital of Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Still I Rise’. “We want the best for all Americans – no hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry,” said Keys.
Grimes, who couldn’t be in Washington, was out marching in Portland, where around 75-100,000 protestors showed up.
Over at the main march in Washington DC, Madonna presented an inspiring speech to the crowds that declared: “The revolution starts here. Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step know that we are not afraid…And to our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything – fuck you.”
Near the end of her speech, the star added: “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything. We can’t fall into despair.”
Watch her speech below and check out posts from other artists and musicians supporting the international day of action.