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.
Shannon Stone, Marching in Calgary
“The main reason that I’m marching is solidarity. As a Canadian, I understand the close relationship that our country has with the United States and the effect that changes within the political sphere can have on us as well as the rest of the world. Marches have been used as a means for the people to convey priorities and ideals to the government throughout many turbulent times in history—and this march is no different. And because I am in a position where I have the agency to make my voice heard, I must make use of this privilege for those who cannot.” —Shannon Stone
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