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.
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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. 

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