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A-Listers Out in Force for Anti-Trump Women's Marches

"Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," Madonna said, "but I know that this won't change anything"

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    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)

    If you wondered where many of Hollywood's A-list celebrities had gone during President Donald Trump's inauguration, you didn't have to wonder any longer on Saturday, when scores of them showed up at huge women's marches in Washington and other cities to send the new president a pointed message that he was in for a fight — and that, as so many signs said, women's rights are human rights.

    Madonna, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Emma Watson, Amy Schumer, Jake Gyllenhaal and feminist leader Gloria Steinem were just some of those at the march in Washington, where officials said the crowd could number more than half a million.

    DC Mayor Welcomes Marchers to WashingtonDC Mayor Welcomes Marchers to Washington

    “I’m here to speak for all women elected officials,” said Muriel Bowser, DC's mayor, speaking from the Women's March stage. Women in government are more harshly and wrongly criticized in all levels, she said. “We need every woman and every man to speak up for us."
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)

    In New York, Helen Mirren, Cynthia Nixon and Whoopi Goldberg joined a crowd of protesters marching to Trump's home at Trump Tower. In Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival was underway, TV host Chelsea Handler was joined by Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and more. In Los Angeles, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Lee Curtis, Demi Lovato and Jane Fonda were among tens of thousands protesting.

    In the capital, a sea of pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" mocking the new president stretched far and wide as Madonna took to the stage — and, to no one's surprise, held little back.

    "Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," she said. "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair." Instead, she called for a "revolution of love."

    The pop icon Cher, speaking in an interview backstage, said she hoped people could now mobilize against Trump the way they mobilized against the Vietnam War.

    Signs Spotted at the Women's March on WashingtonSigns Spotted at the Women's March on Washington

    "I think people are more frightened than they've ever been," the 70-year-old singer said. "Everything that we gained, we're just watching slip away. It's not only one thing, it's everything — the progress that we made is all going away." Asked whether she thought the new president would hear the message of the march, she replied: "I don't care what he's hearing. It's important what the people are hearing. He'll hear it, but he won't pay attention."

    Here are some more highlights from the day's celebrity speakers:

    Scarlett JohnassonScarlett Johansson Touts Planned Parenthood at DC Rally Scarlett Johansson Touts Planned Parenthood at DC Rally

    Speaking at the Women’s March in Washington, DC, actress Scarlett Johansson shared a personal anecdote about Planned Parenthood, on Jan. 21.
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)

    Alicia KeysAlicia Keys Speaks at DC Women's Rally: 'I Rise'Alicia Keys Speaks at DC Women's Rally: 'I Rise'

    Alicia Keys spoke on stage at the Women's March in Washington, DC, on Jan. 21, thanking the crowd. "Our potential is unlimited," she said. "We will not allow our bodies to be owned and controlled by men in government, or men anywhere."
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)

    Ashley JuddJudd Recites Teen's Poem: 'I am a Nasty Woman'Judd Recites Teen's Poem: 'I am a Nasty Woman'

    Ashley Judd recited a spoken-word poem written by Nina, a 19-year-old woman in Tennessee, at the Women's March in Washington, DC, on Jan. 21.
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)

    Michael Moore'I Can't Even See the End of the Crowd!': Michael Moore'I Can't Even See the End of the Crowd!': Michael Moore

    Michael Moore spoke at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, with a dual message of the accomplishment at the number of people who were in attendance -- hundreds of thousands across the city -- and of resistance towards the Trump presidency.
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)

    Gloria Steinam'Do Not Try to Divide Us': Steinem at DC Women's March'Do Not Try to Divide Us': Steinem at DC Women's March

    Gloria Steinem spoke at the Women's March in Washington, DC, amidst a foggy sky and thousands of people wearing pink hats. "This is the upside of the downside," she said gesturing to the crowd. "This is an outpouring of energy and democracy like I have never seen in my very long life."
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017)