On the first anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, marches have once again held around the country. Reports are still coming in on the numbers involved, and several sites are collecting videos of marches.
Will We Be Able to Break Last Year’s Record?
Last year’s Women’s March on Washington, held on January 21, 2017, culminated in the “10 Actions for the first 100 Days” campaign for joint activism. The theme of the March was “Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” and included advocacy for legislation and policies on
• Immigration reform
• Healthcare reform
• Reproductive rights
• Natural environment
• LGBTQ rights
• Racial equality
• Freedom of religion
• Workers’ rights
The March was first conceived as a march on Washington, D.C. to immediately follow the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States as a protest against his statements and positions, which many regarded as anti-women, or just plain offensive. The Washington March reportedly drew between 440,000 and 500,000 people. In Washington alone, the march is said to have been the largest single political demonstration since the Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and 1970s.
All told, between 3,267,000 and 5,246,000 participated in marches within the United States; and worldwide participation was estimated to be over 5 million. Marches encompassed seven continents.