Not long after America’s newly-elected leader took office, a massive protest took place in Washington and other cities. Just in case you missed some of the details, including about a local event in Indonesia, here we listed things related to the biggest march that had happened so far in America.
The march was meant for President Trump and his actions though this didn’t limit continuous support from other countries. Issues highlighted in this event included, but not limited to, women’s rights, immigration, racial and religion issues, health care, environmental protection, workers’ rights and so on. Shortly after the election started, Bob Bland’s idea on Facebook to march in Washington drew enthusiastic responses and was later joined as one with other similar invites.
Many activists gathered to create the organisation: Bob Bland, fashion designer and founder of Manufacture New York; Tamika D. Mallory, a gun control advocate and board member of Gathering for Justice; Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York; and Carmen Perez, executive director of Gathering for Justice.
There is no precise way to count such a large gathering of people and attendance sheets are but references only. For the main march at Washington, the organiser did not provide a tally on its website. From the Associated Press’ interview with Christopher Geldart, District of Columbia’s homeland security director, he said that more than the organiser and official’s expectation of 500,000 people were present.
Among many other big cities in the States, New York City saw more than 400,000 while Chicago’s cancelled march still attracted 250,000 people walking around with signs. For the 673 worldwide sister marches across all continents, the organiser tallied around 4,876,700 people attending.
Speeches and Tweets
Notable figures from activists to actresses gathered to march and speak out including Scarlett Johansson who shared her story about Planned Parenthood and asked the president for support towards women on this matter. There was also Gloria Steinem, an activist who rose to prominence in the 60s to 70s, encouraging marchers to connect with each other to keep the movement going strong after the march.
Katy Perry, America Ferrera, Madonna, Ashley Judd, Janelle Monae and Civil Rights-era activist John Lewis were also seen among the crowd or on stage. Several public figures who did not attend any march, such as Hilary Clinton, instead sent support through social media.
Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we're always Stronger Together.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 21, 2017
Husband and wife Renee Martyna and Steve Munroe hosted a gathering in Ubud’s Hubud, a community co-working space both co-owns, to connect with the global Women’s March. Held on January 21—which was also the day to celebrate the goddess of knowledge, Saraswati—the main events were live-streaming worldwide sister marches, sending supportive messages and panel discussion on “Women in Bali”.
Proceeds from the entrance fee was donated to Yayasan Rama Sesana—a health-care provider for low-income women in Bali—and Hubud’s women scholarship program in partnership with Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi, which is a foundation committed to provide educational support and service to the needy in Bali.
Many might have remembered the suffrage era in which marching women brought a steady major change to the global political landscape. Beginning from the late 19th century, women in Sweden, Finland, Iceland and some Australian colonies were partially able to vote. Slowly yet surely through the decades and much tireless efforts, voting was granted and rights acknowledged for all women regardless of race or status.
Indonesia’s R. A. Kartini and M. W. Maramis were among those, men included, who fought for women’s causes such as education right and voting privilege—although it was not until 1941 that voting rights were given in regards to property and educational qualifications.
Photo courtesies of ABC News, Andy Cross for the Denver Post, Todd Heisler for New York Times, womensnews.org, @hubudbali on Instagram, @hilaryclinton on Twitter and @seriouslyscarlett on Instagram.