The Women’s March was a global event on January 21, 2017, to promote gender equality, civil rights, and other subjects that were expected to face problems under Donald Trump, the newly elected US president.
Hundreds of thousands of women came to the streets in the nation’s capital, outraged by the language of the 2016 presidential campaign and concerned about a political culture that was wrong and challenged equality for people of colour, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community. Across the country and around the world, millions more sisters joined the march.
Getting people to openly come together on behalf of an important cause, whatever they are called, is possibly the most powerful, peaceful approach to bringing about societal change.
For many women, a mass event like the 2004 March for Women’s Lives Now is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to speak up and act at the grassroots level, a celebration of strength and solidarity, and a watershed point in their lives.
She brought up the rape and murder of Sarah Everard by Metropolitan Police firearms officer Wayne Cozens in March, as well as images of two sisters who were slain by Met officers, Nicole Smallman and Biba Henry.
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Anti-Trump protestors flocked to the streets a day after their target took the greatest oath of office in US history. This year’s Women’s March was not limited to Washington, D.C., where more than 700,000 people crowded the National Mall, nearly three times the amount that attended the historic March in 1963.
Hundreds of sister marches took place around the United States and around the world, with over 400,000 people in Los Angeles and between 18 and 22 demonstrators on Beaver Island in Michigan. Over 4 million individuals participated in the Women’s March, with at least 300,000 in the United States.
While most observers expected a conservative majority to overturn a long-standing ruling that had provided women with the right to safe abortions for nearly half a century, the notion that Roe v. Wade may be fully overturned caused widespread consternation. The verdict was the latest in a long line of almost-funny-if-not-so-devastating social, economic, and political failures for which the leaked document has sparked debate, particularly among women.