Activism

Women's March 2020: What's In Store After Controversy

The group born out of anti-Trump political action, which has been subject to controversy, will hold its fourth annual march on January 18.

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What started as an online call to action after Donald Trump was elected president has evolved into a massive movement that has inspired demonstrations on every continent.  

The first Women’s March took place in January 2017, with millions of women coming out to protest Trump’s presidency and call attention to the progress still needed to advance women’s rights. Though the primary march took place in Washington D.C., similar rallies were held all over the world—showing just how many communities were galvanized into action against Trump.

The marches have continued annually—but several of the group’s founding members faced scrutiny in 2019 when they were accused of Anti Semitism and financial mismanagement. Three of the original co-chairs stepped down amid the backlash and were replaced with 17 new leaders representing different races, religions, backgrounds and gender identities. To further quell controversy, the group also surveyed its members twice about the issues they care about most to determine what they should focus on in 2020. 

This year’s march is themed “Women Rising” and will take place on January 18, and a Week of Action in D.C. will precede it. The planned events will focus on issues including the climate crisis, immigration, and reproductive rights.
 
“In 2020, we have the chance to strengthen the movement we started three years, and to unite together in the face of continued attacks on our bodies, our rights, our immigrant communities, and our planet,” they explain on their website. “This year, we aren’t just marching. We’re putting our bodies on the line hand in hand with other mass movements.”

Past marches have featured celebrities and activists making powerful speeches.

They’ve also inspired some amazing signage. 

The marches have also served as a platform for marginalized communities to make their voices heard. 

More info about the upcoming women’s march can be found on their website.

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