Women’s March on Washington
The Women’s March on Washington is a rally scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump. According to the event’s website, the march aims to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”
Organizers state the march is not intended to target Trump but is “more about being proactive about women’s rights,” and, more broadly, “a stand on social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and healthcare”.
Originally billed as the “Million Women March” the organizers eventually chose to call the event the Women’s March on Washington after the 1963 March on Washington, a historic civil rights rally on the Mall where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Although billed as the “women’s” march, the march is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.
As of January 15, 2017, 194,000 people had RSVP’d as going and 255,000 indicated interest.
What you need to know:
Where is it?
January 21, 2017. The march starts at 10 a.m. ET, beginning at the intersection of Independence Ave. and Third Street S.W.
Groups have organized transportation for people looking to travel to DC for the weekend. March organizers have one ask: If you are coordinating a bus, register on the march website.
For those who want to participate but can’t make it to DC, Sister Marches are planned in other cities.
Maine Sister Marches include:
- Women’s March on Washington Solidarity Vigil, January 21, 2017 • 10:00 AM, Brunswick Mall (Town Common)
- Women’s Walk Portland, January 21, 2017 • 10:30 AM, Obelisk Memorial, Eastern Promenade, End of Congress Street, Portland
- Women’s March on Maine, January 21, 2017 • 10:00 AM, State Capitol, 111 Sewall St.Augusta
“‘Intersectionality’ Defines Women’s March on Washington,” Portland Press Herald, January 8, 2017.
“Mainers Gear Up for Women’s March on Washington,” Portland Press Herald, January 15, 2017.
Know Your Rights (ACLU) The ACLU has created this handy Know Your Rights guide for demonstrations and protests.
Pussyhat Project: a national effort to flood the nation’s capital with women wearing pink cat-ear hats at the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.