There are several Women’s Marches planned for 2018. For women’s groups, events of the past year have generated a brutal mix of emotions. Movements like #MeToo surfaced anger and pain from years of physical or sexual abuse, and brought to light pervasive problems like pay inequality and intellectual sexism. At the same time, there was joy in celebrating the solidarity of coming together around a common cause.
No wonder, then, that women have been contacting Katherine Siemionko, head organizer of last year’s New York City Women’s March, asking about plans for a second march.
Siemionko, who heads Women’s Alliance, the nonprofit that grew out of last year’s ad hoc team of march planners, says that Women’s March 2.0 plans have rolled in from networked groups in cities across the country over the past week. New York’s event, to be held January 20, was announced in a press release in October.
“It’s kind of scary how it mirrors last year,” she say, describing how momentum picked up right around this time in 2016. “I’m getting calls from friends in Florida,” says Siemionko, People want to know if marches are happening in their cities and if not, they’re offering to plan one.
Last year, the first Women’s March —with its whimsical pink pussyhats paired with a dead-serious message about sexual violence— was announced for Washington and inspired sister marches in every US state and several cities globally. An estimated 4 million people marched nationwide, far exceeding expectations. Although the march was prompted by Hillary Clinton losing the election to US President Donald Trump (and held the day after his inauguration) it came to be about all the systems that threaten women’s equality, health, and human rights.
Importantly, it was also framed as a debut of a reinvigorated movement, not the culmination of one.
Here’s a look at what’s planned so far, according to a running list maintained by Women’s Alliance on Facebook.