Everything You Need to Know About the Women’s March on Washington

When is the Women’s March on Washington?

The march is this Saturday, January 21 at 10 a.m. The rally begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m., which is when the march begins.

How many people are marching?

More than 200,000 people have RSVP’d on Facebook, which, as we all know, is not a sure guarantee of anything, but even presidential historians are saying the numbers will be unprecedented (unpresidented?). To put 200,000 people into context, that’s about how many people turned up for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and that’s not including the marchers in other states and countries.

Who will be at the Women’s March on Washington?

The Women’s March just released its full list of speakers. Some highlights are sure to be Cecile Richards, Angela Davis, Melissa Harris-Perry, Van Jones, Janet Mock, and the Mothers of the Movement. Sounds like there will be music, too, including performances by Janelle Monáe and the Indigo Girls. Zendaya and Uzo Aduba have said they are attending as well.

I’m not going to D.C. Where can I find information about other marches?

Just enter your zip code here. There are Sister Marches planned in every state and 32 countries. With the 616 total marches, there will be an estimated 1,364,010 sister marchers!

Is the march free? Do I have to get a ticket?

The Women’s March is asking folks to register, but that’s just so they can get an accurate head count. You don’t need to get a ticket, and the event is free.

How can I participate in the march if I use a wheelchair or have mobility issues?

The ADA accessible route begins at the corner of 4th Street SW and C Street SW. You can also follow signs or ask for directions to the Disability Services/ADA Tent located on 6th Street SW near the corner of Independence Avenue SW.

What can I bring to the march?

All bags will be subject to search, and there are some size restrictions. You cannot bring folding chairs or anything that can be construed as a weapon. That includes signs with sharp wooden handles, so watch out! The only weapons we can bring to the march are our words and ideas.

What if I have to go to the bathroom or eat?

Take a look at this map of places that will have special welcome stations and catering.

Will Bitch Media be there?

I’ll be there interviewing folks and taking photos. Come say hi if you see me!

(Bitch cofounder Andi Zeisler and several other staff members will be at the Portland sister march. We can’t wait to see you!)

How can I participate and follow the march through social media?

Share your thoughts and follow along with the hashtags #WomensMarch, #WhyIMarch, and #IMarchFor.

More questions?

Check out the Women’s March FAQ.

by Dahlia Balcazar
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Dahlia Balcazar was a senior editor at Bitch Media, the co-host of the podcast Backtalk, and the host of the live show Feminist Snack Break. She’s passionate about horror films, ’90s music, girl gangs, and Shirley Jackson. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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