FAQ: The Women’s March on Washington

The Women’s March on Washington took place in January with the whole world watching and supporting the need for change.

On the 21st January, the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) saw over one million people march down Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C.. Together with over five million people marching worldwide, their voices were heard in the pursuit of equality, diversity and inclusion.

A poster with a rainbow fist for power. stating "we wont go backwards. climate change, civil rights, religious freedom, reproductive freedom. there's still work to do"
The Women’s March on Washington saw peaceful protesters marching for a range of rights and policies

What was the WMW?

The WMW was a peaceful protest.

 Why was there a march?

Concerns for women dominated social media following Donald Trump’s Presidential election victory, consequently forming the WMW. Their aim; to highlight legislation and policies regarding women’s rights, racial equality, immigration, LGBTQIA rights, freedom of religion, as well as workers’ rights and healthcare reform.

Who is the WMW?

The founders, Shook and Bland, initiated the recruitment of a leadership committee to represent all females, from all walks of life. It includes national committee members, co-chairs, partners and sponsors.

A flag, with the "Women's March, hear our voice", being held up by someone. It is not fully readable as it is blowing in the wind.
Over 1 million people marched to make their voices heard after Trump became the new US President

Was the march just for women?

No, the WMW was entirely inclusive; they invited anyone who believed women’s rights are human rights to join the march.

Did the march change anything?

Whilst the WMW saw over 1 million people march together with hundreds of sister marches across the globe, there has been no instant change to the policies or causes. However, this was not a march for an immediate resolution.

What happens next?

Details on their website for 10 actions / 100 days can be found alongside a new march; A Day Without a Woman taking place on 8th March, also recognised as International Women’s Day.

For more information go to Women’s March on Washington.

By Fontaine Chapman


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