75,000+ attend ‘Women’s March on Madison’

Tens of thousands of people filled the Capitol Square and State Street Saturday afternoon as part of a nationwide protest movement designed to call attention to newly inaugurated President Donald Trump’s stances on numerous issues.

University of Wisconsin-Madison police Chief Kristen Roman estimates between 75,000 and 100,000 people attended the event.

Demonstrators began gathering on Library Mall on the UW campus before noon, when the group marched down State Street to the Capitol.

Marchers came from across the Madison area and across the state.

“The freeways were busy,” marcher Pam Prestby, from Nashotah, said.

Not all of Saturday’s demonstrators were women; many men attended as well.

“I think it’s important for men to support women’s issues, for people who identify as heterosexual to support gender identity and sexual orientation and on and on,” marcher Marc Eaton, from Oshkosh, said.

One thing many of the marchers said is that Saturday’s rally should serve as a starting point for continued opposition to Trump.

“We are not going to take anything that he’s going to do laying down,” marcher Doris Goldsberry, from Madison, said. “We’re going to fight him all the way, even if he is the president, we’re still going to stand up and fight.”

Downtown buses were detoured from the marchers’ route for part of Saturday afternoon.

Madison police said there were no serious incidents or problems at the rally.

Thousands also took to the streets in Washington, D.C., New York City and other cities nationwide.