More than 200,000 people are expected to participate in the Women's March on Washington one day after President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, organizers of the event have said.
The Jan. 21 march kicks off at 10 a.m. EST and is being conducted “to come together in solidarity to express to the new administration and Congress that women’s rights are human rights and our power cannot be ignored,” according to an application permit filed in Washington, D.C.
The group's website explains that the Women’s March on Washington “is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level.”
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us -- immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault -- and our communities are hurting and scared,” the website further explains. “We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
“We’re doing it his very first day in office because we are making a statement,” one organizer, Breanne Butler, told the New York Times. “The marginalized groups you attacked during your campaign? We are here and we are watching. And, like, ‘Welcome to the White House.’”
While the march is being organized as a response to Trump, not everyone participating sees it as specific to the new president.
“This is not an anti-Trump protest,” participant Eve Harmon told the New York Times. “This is the reaction of women and minorities across the world who are very disturbed by the rhetoric that was said over the last year and a half."