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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Lisa Mackay, Travelling from Calgary to March in Washington, D.C.
“This American election for me was like a frightening illness that makes you realize you have to start taking better care of yourself. It highlighted how much work there is yet to be done in matters of human rights, and that this work needs all of us to roll up our sleeves and get involved. Seeing this ideology spread into Canadian politics is chilling, and Trump’s victory has shown that we can’t take it lightly. I hope the magnitude of this march will send a clear message to those who are content with the status quo in both countries that change WILL happen, and we will not stand idly by while basic rights are denied. I will proudly be wearing the pussyhat I made when I march in Washington, and I’ve actually made hats for five of my friends who are coming to march with me.” —Lisa Mackay
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