Gender equality

In photos: Women's March 2020 protests around the U.S.

People participate in the Women's March as they protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, United States on January 18
People participate in the Women's March as they protest President Trump in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The fourth annual Women's March on Washington, D.C., Saturday drew much smaller crowds than the millions who rallied in the capitol after President Trump's 2017 inauguration, but the crowd was just as passionate, NPR reports.

The big picture: Over 25,000 people signed up online to attend the D.C. march and more than 250 events were held around the U.S, per the New York Times. Here's what else unfolded, in photos.

Virginia General Assembly passes Equal Rights Amendment

ERA advocates protesting
Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The two chambers of Virginia's General Assembly approved the proposed Equal Rights Amendment with bipartisan support on Wednesday in an overwhelming win for gender equality advocates.

Why it matters: Virginia is now poised to become the crucial 38th state to approve the ERA, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis on sex. Three-quarters of all state assemblies and legislatures must approve the measure for it to be added to the U.S. Constitution, the Washington Post notes.