On January 21st of 2017 Women´s march on Washington took place. Why it happened at this time was to send a message to the new administration on their first day at work in the White House. The march was a grassroot movement that made their start on the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the new President of the USA.
The reason for the march on Washington was to enhance women´s rights, HBTQ- rights, immigrant rights and to underline the inequality between sexes and work rights. 673 so called sister demonstrations were held around the world. In Washington more than 500 000 demonstrators participated. Between three and four million Americans demonstrated which made this the biggest protest in one day in the history of America.
One of the main organizers of the march was the Muslim woman Linda Sarsour born in 1980, CEO of the Arab Association of New York. She has worked for women´s and Muslim´s rights in America for a long time. One of her main issues has been to reach an understanding on Muslim holidays at public schools in New York. She had great success in this, now schools close for the holidays of Eid al-fitr and Eid al-adha. After the demonstration she was attacked by islamophobes on the internet and mainly on social media. She got much support from the people, the hashtag #IMarchWithLinda trended on Twitter.
The list of speakers
When the list of speakers at the demonstration was released three days before the demonstration you could read a lot of famous names on it. Cecile Richards, chairman of Parenthood Federation of America, The Mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser and senator Kamala Harris are some of the names of the public sector. In the private sector there were also many big names. Many famous actors and actresses like America Ferrera, Ashley Judd and Scarlett Johansson. The music industry was represented by Cher, Katy Perry and Madonna whose speech raised awareness and spread quickly around the world.
Sister demonstrations were held in lots of American cities. In most cities demonstrators were more than 100 000. In Los Angeles there were more people than in Washington. 750 000 women and men joined the demonstration. New York was just a little behind with its 400 000 demonstrators and Chicago had about 250 000. In England they reached a bit more than 100 000. They demonstrated at Trafalgar Square in central London.
During the march in 2017 women around the world were inspired to stand up for their rights and make themselves heard. In 2019 there was a new demonstration and as the spread continues the fight will go on. Two years has passed since President Trump was sworn in as president and women are stronger than ever. Through social media it reaches the world through hashtags like #WomensWave. On womensmarch.com people are encouraged to create sister demonstrations and spread the word in the world. The world is already waiting for the next demonstration!