Women’s March Around The World


Aysia Holder, ENN Staff

This past weekend over 600 Women’s Marches took place throughout cities in the United States and around the world (including London, Sydney, and Berlin). There were a total of five million people who marched around the world, with just one million protesters in Washington D.C. alone.

Several speeches were given at the rally in D.C., by women’s rights activists such as Gloria Steinem, Planned Paren’t hood president Cecile Richards, actress Scarlett Johansson, Madonna, and many more.

The protesters supported several causes and marched for women’s rights and civil rights, health issues, and inclusion. Not only did they march over politics but over parenting as well. According to the Washington Post, some parents felt the need to become activists for the first time to demonstrate to their own children what they should stand up for, and that they should take a stand in their beliefs.

The march was very diverse with people of different ethnicities, races, and ages taking part. Men also participated as well. Participants wore pink clothing and hats, and shirts that read “Nasty Women”. In D.C., knitted pointy-eared hats were made for the women to wear.

The idea of the march originated back in November of 2016 after election night, when a fashion designer named Bob Brand (the creator of the “Nasty Women” and “Bad Hombre” T-shirts) proposed the idea of a million women’s march.

According to LA Times, Brand teamed up with other women who had established various protest Facebook pages to bring the march to life. Together the group chose three New York based activists to be the co-chairs of this march (Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour).

After days of trying to come up with a name for the march, they agreed on the name “Women’s March on Washington” naming it after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights “March on Washington” back in 1963. From there the march came to life.

To keep up the momentum of the march, they announced a new campaign called “10 Actions For the First 100 Days”, in which every for every 10 days they will take action on an issue they care about (which will be announced through their website).

One sign was held at D.C. claiming that, “This is only the Beginning.”