Women’s March On Washington: Everything You Need To Know

The meeting site for the January 21 Women's March On Washington is in front of the US Capitol Building

After receiving a denial for the initial bid for a permit, the Women’s March on Washington was approved in its bid for its projected 200,000 participants to meet in downtown Washington the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s projected inauguration. Listed below are all of the details surrounding the event.

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Who is organizing it and who is participating?

As per their website, the Women’s March on Washington has been coordinated by a litany of women with an amalgam of credentials, including extensive experience within nonprofit work, civil rights advocacy, and prominent social justice campaigns. The participants in the March are projected to number around 200,000 and are expected to arrive from a variety of locations around the country. The head of logistics for this event told The Washington Post last week that those traveling from out of town should be confident that they would be accommodated and that the event would transpire as planned.

What is the March?

The Women’s March on Washington was formulated as a peaceful protest to the professed intent of the Trump administration to restrict and outright revoke existing social and civil liberties. The March’s website lists its principles, placing heavy emphasis on nonviolence, a community-oriented agenda and the idea of sacrifice as a means to achieve a triumphant end.

When is the March taking place?

The Women’s March on Washington will take place on January 21, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Where is the March taking place?

The starting location for the March is Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, which is in front of the Capitol Building. Coordinators have not yet revealed the intended route, except to say that it will head west of its original point.

Why is the March taking place? The Women’s March on Washington is a response to perceived xenophobic, racist, misogynistic, homophobic and

The Women’s March on Washington is a response to perceived xenophobic, racist, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic rhetoric expressed by the Trump campaign. The March’s site says this of its mission.

“In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

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How do I become involved in the Women’s March on Washington?

Joining the March can be as simple as showing up, but in an attempt to remain organized, coordinators have requested that, as a courtesy, intended participants register on their event site bit.ly/womensmarchrsvp. Though the event is free, it is possible for prospective participants (or non-participants who simply support the cause) to donate on the March’s website. At the time of publication, $185,596 had been raised, just shy of 10 percent of the March’s goal.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The event’s registration site contains a FAQ section that addresses a variety of supplemental concerns. The most prominent of these concerns appears to be the idea of who is welcome to attend the event (specifically, whether the event is limited to women or whether male advocates for the cause are also welcome). The site advises that the March is open to “any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.” The FAQ section also addresses safety concerns, the specifics of which will be released as the event draws closer, but refers to the decision to bring children to the event as “a personal one.” The site also professes that every effort will be made to accommodate participants with disabilities, including on-site translation for the hearing-impaired and access points for wheelchairs.

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