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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Summer Brennan, Marching in Washington
“I’m marching for my nieces, and for girls everywhere who will be impacted by growing up while having a self-professed sexual assailant as president of the United States. I think America is experiencing a public crisis in women’s rights. While the Trump administration may elevate certain individual women to positions of power, his policies, rhetoric and persona all serve to oppress women and girls everywhere. Whether or not you supported her, Hillary Clinton’s campaign revealed how virulently sexist American society still is, both on the left and the right. This must be addressed head on with clarity, nonviolence, and determination. I’m marching because if not me, then who? And if not now, then when?” —Summer Brennan
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