Thousands attend second Women’s March in D.C. with focus on women voting, running for office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of people took the streets Saturday afternoon on the one-year anniversary of the Women's March for "March on the Polls."

Similar marches happened across the country in cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Richmond, Virginia.

The follow-up demonstration, sponsored by March Forward Virginia, focused on women voting and running for office.

"The past year featured an historic number of women engaging in the political process, including running for office, and it is vital that women and their allies continue to take an active role in 2018 elections," said the event website.

The event started with a rally at the reflectingp pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial, which included several speakers including Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi on the first day of the government shutdown.

"You know what's sad about it, they're hiding behind children," she said, speaking about her Republican colleagues.

A large portion of the signs and chants amidst the crowd, which marched to the White House after the rally, targeted President Donald Trump.

Many of the marchers oppose his views on various issues including immigration and LGBT rights.

Others focused on the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements.

"I'm here listening, I think over the last year we’ve seen a huge momentum building," said Daniel Klein, who traveled from Richmond for the march.

In 2017, thousands of women attended a march the day after Trump took the oath of office.

D.C. Police had a heavy presence throughout the march, temporary closing the roadway onConstitution Avenue from 14th to 18th St NW and on 17th St from Independence Avenue to H St NW.