The Women’s March on January 21, 2017

On January 21, 2017 there were between 3.3 million and 4.6 million marchers that made their presence known across the United States. There were no arrests reported at the largest protests across the nation. After the march, officials behind the organization reported 673 marches took place worldwide, including 29 in Canada and 20 in Mexico, and at least one on all seven continents. Following the march, the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington posted the “10 Actions for the first 100 Days” campaign for joint activism to keep up the momentum from the march.

Turnout at selected Women’s Marches, 2017
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Below is a graph that indicates how the Women’s March compares to some of history’s largest protests.

Selected political demonstrations by estimated turnout
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Led by Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland the Women’s March on Washington, was one of the largest and farthest-reaching demonstrations in support of social justice interests and organizations in the history of the nation’s capital. While three of the four national co-chairs of the Women’s March are professional activists and organizers—Sarsour is the executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York. Perez is the head of The Gathering for Justice, and Mallory is an experienced gun-control advocate and civil rights activist. To learn more about the women behind the march, visit the website.

The organizers also addressed environmental issues: “We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed—especially at the risk of public safety and health.”

Speaking at the march, Gloria Steinem commented: “Our constitution does not begin with ‘I, the President.’ It begins with, ‘We, the People.’ I am proud to be one of thousands who have come to Washington to make clear that we will keep working for a democracy in which we are linked as human beings, not ranked by race or gender or class or any other label.”

Scarlett Johansson called for long-term change, “Once the heaviness [of the election] began to subside, an opportunity has presented itself to make real long-term change, not just for future Americans, but in the way we view our responsibility to get involved with and stay active in our communities. Let this weight not drag you down, but help to get your heels stuck in.”

The Women’s March has a mission behind their intent, event, and overall beliefs. The following is the opening statement that can be read in its entirety on their website.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

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