Our Founder Nora Bonds had the opportunity to attend the second Women’s March 2020 was held on October 17, 2020 in Washington DC. Even though the Women’s March organization held a vigil in Washington, D.C. to honor the late justice, due to President Donald Trump wanting to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election with the appointment nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, the Women’s March Organization in partnership with the We Demand More Coalition intention of organizing this march was to send a clear message to the Trump administration about his agenda along with the opposition towards appointing a new Supreme Court Justice before the 2020 election especially with the possibility of Roe V Wade being overturned if Amy Coney Barrett passes the senate hearings and gets officially appointed to the Supreme Court. Some of the many rights that are at stake if Amy Coney Barrett gets appointed to the Supreme Courtincludes abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights.
A lot of the focus of this march was towards the 2020 election especially with the opposition towards Donald Trump and the support of Joe Biden getting elected. Along with voter outreach for the 2020 election, the organizers not only wanted to register voters for the upcoming election, but also inform voters about the Women’s rights and Feminist agenda for the 2020 election and the impacts of what is at stake with this upcoming election. The organizers of this march also wanted to show the power a women’s vote can have along with the push towards progressive agendas and candidates. There were about 10,000 people that attended the march in Washington DC along with over 400 events planned on that day in all 50 states with an anticipated 70,000 participants. At the end of the march, a text-a-thon was held to encourage voters, especially in swing states, to go out and vote during the November 3rd election with the goal of uniting women to go out and vote. Even though a lot of the marchers were white women, the organizers goal is to build an activism movement and have a better focus towards multiracial women.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lower turnouts were expected due to the older demographics of those who attend the Women’s March and precautions are being put in place with the organizers asking everyone to social distance and wear face coverings when attending these marches. The organizers advise against people with COVID-19 symptoms from attending the march in person along with advising people against traveling to Washington DC and instead attending local marches if possible. The Women’s March Organization also held virtual events on the same day as the march along with car caravans for those that can’t attend the march with the focus towards voting rights and opposition against the supreme court confirmation process of Amy Coney Barrett.
For more information on the 2021 Marches across the country, visit www.womensmarch.com