Women’s March on Washington

How was it organized?

It was started on a facebook page, calling women to unite in sending the Trump administration a message on its first day. https://www.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991/ – facebook post

(L.A. TIMES) http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-womens-march-live-how-the-women-s-march-came-into-1484865755-htmlstory.htmhttps://twitter.com/melissaetehad/status/823604021336285184l

-Teresa Shook: the retired attorney and grandmother living in Hawaii created a Facebook event page calling for a march on Washington after Trump’s inauguration. Before she went to bed, she had about 40 responses. When she woke up, she had more than 10,000.

-Bob Bland had the same idea. A New York-based fashion designer who had grown a following after designing “Nasty Woman” and “Bad Hombre” T-shirts, Bland proposed a “Million Pussy March.”  Bland wrote on Facebook Nov. 10 “We will need folks from every state + city to organize their communities locally, who wants to join me?!?”

-These NY-based activists were recruited to be co-chairs of the national march: Tamika Mallory, a gun control advocate; Carmen Perez, head of the Gathering for Justice, a criminal-justice reform group; and Linda Sarsour, who recently led a successful campaign to close New York City public schools on two Muslim holidays.

It was the Night of Trumps election that sparked the idea. Teresa Shook, with some help of family members, created a facebook event for the march the next day. one the other side of the country, Bob Bland had the same idea and wanted to bring together all the allies to make it a unified thing. Eventually, Bland consolidated many similar facebook pages and brought together other activists to co chair the project.

How did the other rallies come about/how were they organized?   

A link on the women’s march website said “find your march” and allowed people to put in their city and find multiple marches occurring near them.

  • The day after the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, women and their allies gathered by the hundreds of thousands in Washington D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington and by the thousands …. http://patch.com/us/across-america/womens-march-2017-thousands-take-washington-other-cities-sister-marches
  • How did it get going? As more and more facebook pages were adopted, they had to bring on more activists to help run it. The movement grew at a rapid pace. This effort helped bring in diversity to the campaign that had previously been criticized for lacking it. they eventually adopted the name ““Women’s March on Washington,” invoking Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march of 1963.


What is the conversation about the Women’s March like?What are people saying about it? What people?

Usa today says it may bring about a surge in women’s running for office (like the 1992 “year of the woman”) and even out numbers of men and women in office. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/22/womens-march-movement-able-transform-massive-crowds-into-lasting-legacy-trump/96920040/

What are other people saying? Well, the people who participated in the marches were doing so for many more reasons than just gender equality. People were marching for a range of issues, including police brutality, equal pay, healthcare access, indigenous land rights, LGBT discrimination, climate action, and disability rights (all issues trumps administration has either opposed or downplayed). According to the organizers, it was not an anti trump rally but a mission to stand up for equality during the next 4 years as well as preserving democracy and the first amendment.

-also pointed out in this article how Spicer, the white house press secretary, lied about the media undercounting the people who went to the inauguration. This makes reporters feel hesitant to do their jobs in fear that the white house will label it “fake news”.

-people were chanting along with everyones chants, even if it wasn’t directly related to them, because “ this is what democracy looks like”

-notably non violent, not ONE arrest was made in DC


-one group that steered clear of the marches were anti abortion feminists. The womens march held a pro choice stance and refused to partner with any pro life feminist groups they made an error on their website and accidentally listed “new wave feminists” as a partner, but quickly took them down and reported in an “error” bc of their prolife stance.


How was it reported on? (social media and news)

Huffington post took pictures of unique sings http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/89-badass-feminist-signs-from-the-womens-march-on-washington_us_5883ea28e4b070d8cad310cd

CNN had live videos of the women’s march and snippets left up after http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/womens-march-protests-live-coverage/


http://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/01/22/fox-news-under-fire-undercovering-womens-march/215081  : Fox News under the microscope for minimal coverage of the Women’s March

What was the government’s response/how did they respond? What is the take away?

Trump tweets…screen-shot-2017-02-06-at-10-05-08-pm



  • Trump reverses mexico city policy
  • Takes away government funding for international, non-governmental organizations that promote and/or perform abortions
  • Unrelated to march, Trump’s original plan

Why now?

  • Because it is the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the past election cycle
  • The way he acted during elections
  • His plans for women’s rights: https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

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 government 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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