Women's March on Washington: January 21, 2017

All About the Massive Demonstrations Following the 2016 Election

Women's March on Washington
••• Protesters during the Women's March on Washington, January 21, 2017. Mario Tama / Getty Images

A Women’s March on Washington was held on January 21, 2017 in response to the presidential election and inauguration of Donald J. Trump. On Friday, January 20th, Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president in Washington, D.C.  The Women's March brought people together the following day to make a strong statement in opposition of Trump’s values.  The rhetoric of the election insulted and threatened women, immigrants, those with diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBT, people with disabilities, and others.

 The March was a grassroots event meant to highlight women’s issues and empower all individuals across the nation. The largest event took place in Washington, D.C. However, marches were also held in many cities around the nation and across the world.

Celebrity Participants: Kay Perry, Cher, Zendaya, Angelique Kidjo, America Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Debra Messing, Frances McDormand, Julianne Moore and more.

Women's March Route

The March started at 3rd St and proceeded west along Independence Ave toward the Washington Monument. Participants will turn right onto 14th St and then left on Constitution Ave. At 17th Street, the route went north heading around the Ellipse near the White House and ending at 15th and E Sts. (at the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue). See a map

Speakers

  • Ai-jen Poo - Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Aida Hurtado - Professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Amanda Nguyen - President and Founder, Rise
  • America Ferrera - Chair, Artists Table of Women's March on Washington 
  • Angela Davis - Distinguished Professor Emerita, UC Santa Cruz
  • Ashley Judd - Humanitarian, PhD student, Actor
  • Bob Bland - Co-Chair, Women's March on Washington
  • Carmen Perez - Co-Chair, Women's March on Washington, Executive Director, the Gathering for Justice
  • Cecile Richards - President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Donna Hylton - Formally Incarcerated, Criminal Justice Reform Activist
  • Dr. Cynthia Hale - Founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church
  • Erika Andiola - Political Outreach Manager, Our Revolution
  • George Gresham - President of 1199 SEIU
  • Gloria Steinem - Feminist Writer, Activist and Organizer
  • Hina Naveed - Co-Director of DRM Action Coalition
  • J. Bob Alotta - Executive Director, Astraea, Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Janet Mock - Author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness & the upcoming memoir, Surpassing Certainty
  • Judith LeBlanc - Director of Native Organizers Alliance
  • Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner - Executive Director and Co-Founder, MomsRising
  • LaDonna Harris - President of Americans for Indian Opportunity & Original Co-Convener of the Women’s Political Caucus
  • Linda Sarsour - Co-Chair, Women's March on Washington, Co-Founder of MPowerChange
  • Maryum Ali, Muhammad Ali's Daughter - Social Worker, Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
  • Melanie Campbell - President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  • Melissa Harris-Perry - Director, Anna Julia Cooper Center, Editor-at-Large, Elle Magazine
  • Melissa Mayes - Environmental Justice Activist, Flint
  • Michael Moore - Filmmaker
  • Rabbi Sharon Brous - Founder/Senior Rabbi, IKAR
  • Raquel Willis - Communications Associate for Transgender Law Center
  • Rhea Suh - President of Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Scarlett Johansson - Actress, Activist
  • Sister Ieasha Prime - Executive Director, Barakah, Inc.
  • Sister Simone Campbell - Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby
  • Sophie Cruz - Immigrant Rights Activist
  • Sybrina Fulton - Mother of Trayvon Martin
  • Maria Hamilton - Mother of Dontre Hamilton
  • Gwen Carr - Mother of Eric Garner
  • Lucia McBath - Mother of Jordan Davis
  • Tamika Mallory - Co-Chair of Women's March on Washington, Social Justice Activist
  • Van Jones - President of Dream Corps, CNN Commentator
  • Wendy Carrillo - Human Rights Journalist
  • Zahra Billoo - Spokewoman, Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Randi Weingarten - President, AFT
  • Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's Daughter - Trustee, Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
  • Roslyn Brock - Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors

Related Events in Washington DC

The National Museum of the American Indian  hosted a multi-cultural festival on January 21-22, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. The event is entitled "Out of Many Festival"  and will presents Native performers, both traditional and contemporary, from across the country. Also performing are groups from the Washington, DC area highlighting mariachi music, West African dance, taiko drums, salsa music and dance, Chinese youth lion dances, jazz and more. The museum is located next to the gathering space for the Women's March on Washington and is an ideal place to visit to take a break from the demonstration activities. 

The Women's Democratic Club  hosted four days of events, January 18-21, 2017, at their headquarters at 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington DC. The events include open houses with speakers and panel discussions. A breakfast will be sponsored on the morning of the March. 

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