Celebs Who Attended The Historic Women's March

Based on early estimates, over five million people gathered in cities around the world on Saturday, January 21, 2017, to march for the protection of women's rights and in protest against the election of President Donald J. Trump.

With those kinds of numbers, it should come as no surprise that a lot of the people who attended the various marches just so happened to be celebrities. From Katy Perry to Rihanna, check out some of the biggest stars who put on their best marching shoes this historic weekend.


Of all the celebrities who attended the marches, few made more headlines than Madonna, who during her speech in Washington, D.C., admitted to thinking about "blowing up the White House."

The Material Girl was later forced to clarify her remarks on Instagram, where she claimed they had been taken "wildly" out of context. "I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt," she wrote. "However, I know that acting out of anger doesn't solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting 'We choose love.'"

On the bright side: the March did provide an opportunity to play nice with her longtime professional frenemy, Cher. Granted, Cher didn't exactly look thrilled to be talking to Madonna in this photo, but hey, progress.

Jessica Chastain

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain attended the March in Washington, D.C., where she donned a "Nasty Woman" t-shirt—a reference to a comment Trump made to Hillary Clinton during the third and final debate—and handed out buttons to fellow-marchers on behalf of the Love Button Global Movement. She also got a pretty-up-close-and-personal look at a speech given by none other than Alicia Keys. Which, awesome.

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler was one of the many celebrities who took time off from the Sundance Film Festival to march in Park City, Utah. Also taking part: everyone from Oscar winner Charlize Theron to Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart.

Handler also gave an emotional speech during the march, telling the crowd, "If you're feeling helpless, or you're feeling dejected, take a look around. You're not alone ... don't lose hope."

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus was one of the many, many, many famous faces who marched in Los Angeles. At one point, she even ran into decades-long activist Jane Fonda, and shared the moment on Instagram. Oh, and for the Grace and Frankie fans reading this at home: yes, Miley marched with Lily Tomlin, too.

Other stars marching in Los Angeles included James Franco, Kerry Washington and Natalie Portman, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Helen Mirren

Proving just how far around the world the March actually stretched, the event held in New York City even got a visit from the Queen herself, Dame Helen Mirren. "This is amazing!" The Oscar winner posted on Instagram, as she marched down the streets of Manhattan.

Maggie Gyllenahal

Talk about sibling love! Maggie Gyllenhaal and her brother, Jake, went down to Washington, D.C., for its March, during which she shared a photo of the admittedly cute family moment. "Me and my bro," she tweeted.

Katy Perry

Singer Katy Perry marched alongside her sister, Angela, in Washington, D.C. Just prior to the March, Perry posted to Instagram an impassioned message explaining why she decided to join the global event. "We should all be guardians for each other. I march today because I am not afraid anymore and I hope I can be an example of fearlessness and resilience. I will not let anyone suppress me, silence me or clip my wings," she wrote.

Later on, Perry shared a photo with legendary feminist and activist Gloria Steinem. "Today a feminist got her wings," Perry wrote. "Thank you @gloriasteinem."

Ian McKellen

Who said only women could march? Iconic actor Ian McKellen showed his support—not to mention incredible sense of humor—by posing for a picture with a sign featuring his good buddy Patrick Stewart's epic face palm moment from Star Trek. He later admitted he didn't actually bring the sign; rather he found it at the end of the March in London, according to his Twitter. Still, props to whoever made it.

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler was a major selfie "get" for many celebrities at the march in Washington, D.C. Among the celebs who snapped a pic with the Parks and Recreation alum included Amber Tambyln and Lena Dunham. Oh, and, speaking of Amber Tamblyn...

Blake Lively

In a move that defies all sense of time and rush-hour traffic, Tamblyn somehow made it from Washington, D.C., to New York City in time to join its equally star-studded March. After she got there, she ran into her former Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costar Blake Lively, and shared the lovely moment on Instagram.

Lively also shared a photo from the March to her own Instagram account, writing, "I marched for my daughters, for my friends, for strangers, for myself, for Phoebe here in this picture who I met as she motivated everyone she came across. My march wasn't driven by hate. It was rooted in a very simple fact—we are all equal. I believe everyone can agree on that. Thank you to everyone who marched all over the world. I felt so hopeful and deeply grateful."

Ashley Judd

According to Vulture, actress Ashley Judd interrupted a speech being given by documentarian Michael Moore to read a poem written by a 19-year-old woman from Tennessee named Nina Donovan. The poem was called "I Am A Nasty Woman."

"I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag ..." the poem read, according to the report. "I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interests, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny, ignorance, white privilege."

Emma Watson

Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson also took part in the March in Washington, D.C., and even took time out to chat with fellow marchers, as seen in this video posted to her Instagram page.


What would a Women's March be without a strong, powerful woman like Rihanna? The chart-topping singer won over millions of her fans with the expletive-filled outfit she wore to the March in New York City. Even Vogue magazine went so far as to declare her the best-dressed protestor.