If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people attending a Women’s March somewhere in the world this Saturday, January 21st, look no further. Pro Mujer, an official supporter of the March, has gathered all the information you’ll need to prepare for the big day. In addition to the Women’s March on Washington, 616 sister marches are planned for Saturday, so choose the one closest to you and make sure you register to help organizers have an estimated headcount (no tickets are required) and manage the crowds. For the New York City march, register here.
About the Women’s March
WHAT IS THE MARCH ABOUT: The March aims to send a bold message to the new U.S. administration on their first day in office and to the world that we stand together in solidarity and we expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of ALL women, their families and their communities. It is a peaceful demonstration that recognizes intersecting identities and histories. It will bring together people of all backgrounds, political affiliations, genders, races and cultures.
WHERE IS IT: The main March will take place in Washington D.C., starting at 10 a.m. ET at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.
The Women’s March on New York City will start at 1 Dag Hammarskoljd Plaza, 48th Street at 1st Ave. March times will be staggered starting at 11 a.m.
For information on the additional 616 sister marches, click here.
WHEN IS IT: Saturday, January 21st.
HOW DO I GET THERE: For D.C., check out the March’s bus finder.
WHO IS BEHIND IT: The March is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level working so that women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. Learn more about the March’s national committee here and the honorary co-chairs here.
WHO WILL ATTEND: Everyone is welcome. Hundreds of non-profit organizations such as Planned Parenthood, OXFAM and Greenpeace USA are planning to attend, as well as women’s rights advocates and celebrities. Amy Shumer, America Ferrera and Julian Moore are some of the big names that have confirmed attendance. More than 1.3 million people are expected to attend marches across the globe. In D.C., over 200,000 individuals have confirmed attendance through the Women’s March’s Facebook page.
The Day of the March
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: In this handy Washington Post piece, experts recommend that you:
- Dress for the weather
- Wear comfortable shoes (waterproof if necessary) and layers
- Travel light
- Bring good socks (bring an extra pair), a fanny pack or tote bag, snacks, a poncho (instead of an umbrella), extra cash, a portable phone charger, a Ziploc bag (in case it rains), a first-aid kit, meds (if you need them), an index card with important phone numbers and addresses, a bandana (in case there’s mace or tear gas) and signs to show your support.
HOW TO STAY SAFE: Security is a top priority at the March. According to the organizers, “all proper security measures have been discussed and put in place in coordination with the police and other city agencies. Second, a private security firm and professional security workers has been hired. Third, there will be over 1,000 trained marshals on site.
If you can, don’t march alone. Go with people you know or register to march with an organization (in New York, you’re welcome to march with Pro Mujer!). Establish a meeting point should people in your group split up.
For more info, click here.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Women’s March on Washington is expected to be one the largest inauguration weekend demonstration. Security is a top priority, but you should be prepared for large crowds throughout the area. In order to help keep marches worldwide organized, please register online for either the D.C. March or a Sister March elsewhere. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged, bring an extra charger, and have a card with important telephone numbers and addresses in your bag. Stay hydrated and fed.
WHO TO CALL: In case of emergency, call 911. If you get arrested, the legal hotline number is (202) 670-6866.
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