Thousands of people from across the nation gathered near the U.S. Capitol last Saturday, January 21, 2017 to participate in the Women’s March on Washington..
The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level across the United States. The effort is helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee who worked around the clock to pull this historic March together.
The Women’s March on Washington purpose was to send a message to all levels of government, including but not limited to the incoming Presidential administration that we stand together in solidarity and we expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, and other causes including immigration reform, health care reform, protection of the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights.
The march drew at least half a million in Washington, and some estimates put worldwide participation at 4.8 million, according to WomensMarch.com on January 23, 2017. At least 408 marches were planned in the U.S. and 168 in 81 other countries. Officials behind the organization later reported 673 marches worldwide, with 20 in Mexico and 29 in Canada. The protests were the largest political demonstrations in the United States since the anti-Vietnam War protests.
In general the Women’s March crowds across the country were entirely peaceful. . In Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle, where a combined 1 million to 2 million people marched, no arrests were made.
The official list of speakers included Cecile Richards, Ilyasah Shabazz, Janet Mock, LaDonna Harris, Janelle Monáe, Maryum Ali, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Sister Simone Campbell, Sophie Cruz, America Ferrera, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Melissa Harris Perry, Michael Moore, Randi Weingarten, Van Jones, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Roslyn Brock, Muriel Bowser, Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, and Ai-jen Po and many other celebrity performers.