The Women’s March on Washington couldn’t have picked a better starting point: the corner of Independence Avenue and Third Street West. This Saturday at least 200,000 people will come together in front of the Capitol in D.C. to march with a message championing human rights, dignity and justice.
And 616 sister marches (including 26 in Canada!) will step out in solidarity—with as many as 1.3 million people in cities all over the world taking part in the day’s demonstrations.
To find out the many reasons why women are marching, FLARE reached out to women participating in marches across Canada, as well as in Washington, DC. Here are their stories.
Teneya Gwin, Marching in Calgary
“After Donald Trump’s win, I personally felt defeated as a woman and as a minority. As an indigenous woman, I have to work very hard to be heard or seen in the corporate world. I am taking part in the Women’s March in Calgary because I don’t want to feel defeated. Instead, I am motivated to help elevate women. I have seen too many women who work hard, stay late and are committed to the work that they do, be overlooked by someone who is a loud talker, a bully and uses hate and negativity to push their way to the top. I want to be part of the movement. I want to help make an impact.” —Teneya Gwin
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