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.
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Cat Squires, Marching in Fredericton, N.B.
“I am intending to walk in my local Women’s March—I think every woman in North America should do so as well, because we can’t stand by and watch a backslide in our history. I personally am not about to let a man make me afraid for my place in society or have his words or behaviours give silent permission to others to treat me, or any other woman, as lesser or to reduce their worth.” —Cat Squires
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