All You Need To Know About The Women's March on Washington

by
Sameera Ehteram
Hundreds and thousands from across the country have signed up to march on Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration, in support of women’s rights.

 

 
 

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The event: A program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and others will be announced in the coming days.

Date and Time: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Rally begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m.

Location: The starting point of the rally will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street, Washington, DC, near the U.S. Capitol (see map here).

Registration:  Interested people can register by filling out an online form.

Who can join: The Women’s March on Washington (WMW) is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.

How can people who are unable to attend support the march?

Those unable to join the march can support the effort by donating. Those interested but not in Washington can find a local sister march in their area and join. There are hundreds planned nationwide.

Security plan

All city agencies, including the police, are involved in the planning process. All proper security measures have been discussed and put in place in coordination with the police and other city agencies.

The organizers have also hired a private security firm and will have numerous professional security workers throughout the entire march. Some will be easy to identify, others will be in plain clothes.

Additionally, there will be 1,000 trained marshals in place to help maintain order and to provide direction to marchers.

How it began:

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Women, who are anxious that a Donald Trump presidency in the United States could set back or destroy many of their rights, are planning a massive march on Washington, a  day after he is sworn in.

It all started with a Hawaii grandmother, Teresa Shook, who was outraged enough to suggest a march on a Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation.

It took a few weeks but her wish gained momentum and escalated into what is likely to be the largest demonstration in the nation's capital related to a presidential election.

Hundreds of thousands from across the country have signed up to march on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights.

"I didn't have a plan or a thought about what would happen," Shook said. "I just kept saying, I think we should march."

"I was in such shock and disbelief that this type of sentiment could win," Shook added. "We had to let people know that is not who were are."

Criticism

While support for the march grew quickly, it also drew criticism for lacking diversity.

Nearly all of the initial organizers were white. The name, which started as the "Million Women March," was bashed on social media for mirroring the title of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., 21 years ago to empower black communities.

In response, the name was changed to the Women's March on Washington and several veteran protest organizers working on behalf of minority groups were enlisted as national co-chairs. They included Tamika Mallory, who led a criminal justice reform march from New York to Washington last year.

"Women of color needed to be included," Mallory said.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice King also encouraged women's march organizers as well.

What's the need?

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The march comes in response to Trump's attitudes toward women that emerged during his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton, says Bob Bland, an organizer based in New York.

The Republican Trump insulted female reporters, a female political rival and other women over their looks, and a video surfaced in which he could be heard bragging about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances.

The video prompted several women to say publicly that Trump had groped them.

Trump denied their allegations and dismissed his words as "locker room talk."

Well, not everyone is going to take it.

 

 

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A photo posted by Women's March (@womensmarch) on

 

 

"Sister marches"

There are no less than 370 “sister marches” planned for the day.

“This is a global movement,” says national sister march spokeswoman Yordanos Eyoel.

“This is something that was catalyzed by the organizers of the March on Washington, but it is a call to action to people across this country and around the world who believe in the same mission and principles.”

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