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.
Ashley Marshall, Marching in Toronto
“I am participating in the Women’s March so that my students can realize the purpose of being informed and put their studies into practice. It is important to send a message to our government here in Ontario that the people will mobilize and hold power accountable to any threat of injustice. I am marching to pay homage to those who marched for my right to march, and it is through this agitation that I hope people will have the courage to imagine a creative alternative.” —Ashley Marshall
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