A Visual Comparison of Washington D.C. During the Inauguration and the Women's March

One of these things is not like the other...

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Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States (opens in new tab). And today, thousands of people descended on D.C. for the Women's March on Washington (opens in new tab). One of these things was a high-profile political event and one was a grassroots movement, and in some pictures, it's a little hard to tell which was which.

Inauguration Day:

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Women's March:

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Metro's numbers confirm that more people rode this morning than Friday morning.

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And by this afternoon, Metro reported almost 600,000 rides, with "heavy crowds" at stations.

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And pictures from around the Capitol the morning of each event: 

Inauguration Day:

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Winter, Crowd, Headgear, Jacket, Pedestrian, Audience, Hood, Fence, Freezing, Dome,

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Women's March:

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Crowd, People, Winter, Social group, Hat, Mammal, Pink, Public space, Headgear, Audience,

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And these pictures from around D.C.:

Inauguration Day:

Winter, Leisure, Public space, Tourism, Ice, Freezing, Flag, Ice rink, Pedestrian, Ice skate,

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Motor vehicle, Land vehicle, Crowd, Car, Luxury vehicle, Bumper, Pedestrian, Bench, Sport utility vehicle, Flag,

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Women's March:

People, Crowd, Arch, Pink, City, Public space, Protest, Public event, Bridge, Arcade,

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Crowd, People, Event, Pink, Magenta, Interaction, Public event, Protest, Audience, Pedestrian,

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Crowd, People, Event, Pink, Mammal, Flag, Mascot, Public event, Protest, Government,

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Pictures from 12:15pm ET on each day:

Inauguration Day:

Urban area, City, Residential area, Metropolitan area, Neighbourhood, Town, Property, Infrastructure, Landscape, Suburb,

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Women's March:

Nature, City, Residential area, Metropolitan area, Urban area, Town, Neighbourhood, Property, Suburb, Landscape,

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CNN (opens in new tab) posted these pictures from EarthCam (opens in new tab) and they offer the most complete picture of the differences in the crowds at the inauguration and the Women's March on Washington. Both pictures were taken at 12:15pm—about 15 minutes after Trump was sworn in and when the march was in full swing.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.