On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America, there will be a Women’s March on Washington DC (WMW), beginning at 10:00am Eastern Standard Time. The purpose of the march is to send a bold message to the new US administration and the rest of the world, that "women's rights are human rights."
Simultaneously, 673 sister marches will be taking place in over 75 other countries on all seven continents around the world with an attendance forecast of 2.2 million people and counting. Marches will be held in every state of the USA, and province and territory of Canada and beyond. From an expedition ship in Neko Harbor, Antarctic Peninsula, to Reykjavík, Iceland, women are organizing in groups large and small to stand in solidarity for women’s rights.
The march in Washington and its sister marches are expected to be the biggest demonstration in relation to a presidential inauguration in American history.
Spring Strategies CEO Ellen Sprenger will be sending photos and tweets, as she participates in the March in Washington. As she set off from Toronto on Friday, she tweeted “#aircanada flight full off #nastywomen going to DC #womensmarch-singing and chanting-pilot joining in #awesome.”
For those not able to attend a march in person, there is the 1@1 initiative, led by feminist, author, and WMW honorary co-chair, Gloria Steinem. This will be a minute of silence for women’s equality, synchronized around the globe at 1:00 pm EST. You can view the countdown by Gloria Steinem on YouTube Live.
In the powerful words of the WMW organizers: “This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”