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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Jess Lemesurier, Marching in Edmonton
“I march as a thank you to the women who fought for what we have, and for the women who continue to fight for what we do not. I march for woman in broken homes and nations, LGBTQ+ women and women of colour. I march for the women who gave up all they’ve had so that one day, someone like me would be able to do things I like this. I march with my sisters, and we march because we matter.” —Jess Lemesurier
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