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Women's March on Washington: Everything you need to know about the date, times and more
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By Alison Durkee
December 14, 2016
On Jan. 21, women across the United States will gather to offer a simple message to newly inaugurated President Donald Trump: Women's rights are human rights.
In the face of an administration led by an accused sexual predator with the power to substantially restrict women's reproductive rights, the Women's March on Washington will give women everywhere the chance to have their voices heard on a massive scale.
As of this writing, 146,000 women and supporters have pledged their attendance on the Facebook event page.
"In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore," write organizers on the march's official website. "The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
The Women's March on Washington will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Trump's inauguration.
Although organizers were unable to obtain a permit for the march's original starting location at the Lincoln Memorial, they now claim permits have been secured for an alternate area near the U.S. Capitol Building at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW.
Because of security reasons, the march's route from there won't be released until a later date. Also awaiting announcement is the event's program, which the organizers note will feature "nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and others."
Planned Parenthood is a partner. Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte are co-chairs.
Also see: http://togetherforabortion.com/
January 22, 2017 we celebrate 44 years since Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision guaranteeing women the right to a safe and legal abortion.