This weekend women around the world came together to speak their minds. Women in every facet of life journeyed to Washington DC along with celebrities such as Katy Perry, Madonna, Cher, John Legend, Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer, Zendaya, Demi Lovato and a host of others came together this past weekend to march for women’s rights. Zendaya posted a video with a caption that said, “Couldn't be more proud....I am here, we are here!!! #WomensMarch” Meanwhile, Cher appeared in New York, as well as, Washington, D.C. Cher tweeted, “On way 2D.C. March🌼There r Marches ALL OVER THE🌎 After March we will Join Organizations‼️ WE WONT SIT &🐝NOTHING‼️ #WhyIMarch #WomensMarch”. Marches took place in NYC, D.C., L.A., Austin, T.X., Chicago, St. Louis, Knoxville, Miami, Reno, Oakland, Denver, Montpellier, Boston, Albuquerque, Nashville, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Sydney and a number of other cities.
Alicia Keys attended the DC rally. She hit the stage and told fans, “We will continue to rise until our voices are heard. Until our planet’s safety is not deferred. Until our bombs stop dropping in other lands. Until our dollar is the same dollar as a man’s. And we’ll continue to recognize that, yes, we can.”
Meanwhile Pat Benatar teamed up with Grammy Award singer-songwriter-producer Linda Perry for Benatar's newly released protest song, "Shine." Benatar announced on her official website BenatarGiraldo.com that all proceeds from the track will go to the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, which supports women pursuing careers in public service and government. Benatar said in the statement announcing the track, "Even though I can’t be at the Women’s March on Washington in person, I wanted to show my support for everyone marching and the importance of standing up for women’s rights. By joining together and lifting each other up, we will show the world that women’s rights must continue to move forward – we’re not going back. The song is not anti-anyone, this is about unity and inclusion, and the incredible power that women wield -- especially when we support each other." She explained: "It’s a project that links women together: Women of all nationalities, women of color, every woman, together, so we can go forward and try to put the brakes on what’s about to happen and not roll back the clock . . . This whole project is not about (Donald) Trump bashing. I have no interest in that whatsoever. It’s about coming around from a positive way. My whole mantra is that if you raise up one group, everyone benefits. So we’re trying to raise up all groups. This is an inclusive movement. It’s great for all of us to be out there, raising our voices and speaking up, but we need real change, and real people in place to make sure that change happens. . . There’s nothing we can do about what is right now. It is what it is. The most important thing we can do is to band together and commit, and make sure that our voices are heard."