Skip to main content

Despite single-digit temps, thousands attend St. Paul Women's March

It coincided with woman's marches in Washington, D.C. and around the U.S.

In a tradition that started on the first full day of President Donald Trump's term in office, women rallied for equal rights around the country, including in St. Paul, on Saturday.

The march began with a morning demonstration at the city's Western Sculpture Park, then proceeded to the State Capitol building for a rally at noon. 

It wasn't exactly marching weather, with temperatures hovering near zero (and feeling even lower). Despite this, the crowd that showed up was estimated by police to be around 4,000, the Pioneer Press says. 

As the paper notes, the marchers were there in support of a wide range of issues, including abortion rights, immigrant rights, climate change, labor rights and more. 

One high-profile speaker was U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is the nation's first Somali congressperson and represents Minnesota's 5th District:

Many of the attendees — men, women and children — were also critical of "the politics and personality of President Donald Trump," the Star Tribune says. 

Indeed, the movement began as a protest of Trump's policies and remarks regarding women's issues; the first marches were held around the country on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Trump was inaugurated. It was described as the largest day of protests in U.S. history.

That wasn't quite the case for the 2019 march, at least not in St. Paul. Though it did draw thousands to the State Capitol, the crowd was a far cry from the 100,000 or so that showed up for the 2017 march. 

As MPR points out, the weather was a bit of a damper on not only the St. Paul march, but also the one in Washington D.C. 

Also weighing on the mood, the station says, was a recent controversy involving the four main leaders of the national movement, who have been accused of anti-semitism. 

Next Up

lorie shaull vulcan snow park st paul winter carnival 2018

Winter Carnival: Get vaccinated or test negative before coming

Organizers are also reminding people to be mindful of the city's emergency regulations.

hospital, emergency room

Driver, 15 years old, hurt when car collides with SUV

The road was wet at the time, the State Patrol said.

Tyler Wahl

Minnesotans have the Badgers back in the national spotlight

Three of Wisconsin's four leading scorers are from Minnesota.

Francisco Liriano

Liriano retires: Remembering his meteoric rise as a rookie

There was no one better than Liriano from mid-May to late-July in 2006.

kimmel morari screengrab collage

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel mocks men's sex aid made by MN company

"This is an app I won't be [down]loading," Kimmel said.

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 8.58.56 AM

Man hospitalized after snowmobile crash in Stearns County

The crash occurred east of State Highway 238 in Albany Township.


State Capitol.

Facing hefty fines, organizers cancel women's march on MN capitol

The move was due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

UPDATE: Actually, 100K people showed up to the Women's March in St. Paul

"The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us."

Donald Trump

Here's what President Trump said on his visit to Bemidji

The president spoke from Bemidji Airport on Friday.

There's a 'March Against Trump' in Minneapolis Saturday

The march is in honor of Human Rights Day, Dec. 10.

trump in minneapolis

What did President Trump say during his Minneapolis rally?

A lot about Mpls Mayor Jacob Frey and Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Women's March anniversary: Here's how MN supporters are celebrating a year of girl power

Details on the anniversary event happening in St. Paul this weekend.