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More than 100,000 plan on attending ‘Women’s March on Washington’

By WITW Staff on November 22, 2016

The “Women’s March on Washington” scheduled for January 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, is shaping up to be the largest mobilization that America has ever seen in response to a new president. About 60,000 people protested the inauguration of Richard Nixon in 1973, and thousands protested George W. Bush in 2001. On Facebook alone, however, more than 100,000 people say they intend to attend the Women’s March, an event that organizers insist is not meant to be a “protest” but rather an affirmative message that “women’s rights are human rights.”

The declaration that “women’s rights are human rights” is a famous quote from Hillary Clinton’s 1995 speech in Beijing, and represents the concerns of many about the status of women in the country given the president-elect’s alleged proclivity for sexual harassment and tendency to bully women — including those who accused him of sexual assault — by insulting their appearance.

Plans for the march began, according to organizers, after one Hawaiian grandmother invited 40 of her friends to help her march on Washington. After the idea came to the attention of pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook Pantsuit Nation, a number of different Facebook pages began planning how to coordinate their own plans to march on the capital. “It’s the most organic thing you’ve ever heard of,” noted Bob Bland, one of the first woman to organize the march.

The original proposed name for the event, the “Million Women March,” was changed in order to not detract from the “Million Woman March” attended by hundreds of thousands of black women in Philadelphia in 1997. Joining the initially all-white group of organizers are three prominent women of color — Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour — who famously led a 2015 march on Washington D.C. to protest discrimination in America’s criminal justice system.

While specific logistics about the march remain to be ironed out, organizers have said that a program “featuring nationally recognized artists, entertainers, advocates, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others will be announced in the coming weeks.” Those interested in attending are encouraged to check out the event’s national and state-specific Facebook pages for more information.

Read the full story at Vox.


Plans take shape for Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017

Million Women March being planned for January 21, 2017 in D.C.