On October 2, Americans will take to the streets around the country for the fifth Women’s March of 2021. Everything you need to know about the protest, including where to find a march, is right here.
On Saturday, October 2, women around the country will march for equality and justice once again, this time in support of women’s reproductive rights. Organizers of the 2021 Women’s March are appealing to participants once more, this time in severe straits. With Texas enacting a controversial near-total ban on abortion on September 1, 2021, it’s apparent than ever that women’s reproductive rights are in jeopardy.
And, as the United States Supreme Court prepares to hear Mississippi’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the first major challenge to Roe v. Wade – on December 1, it is more important than ever to safeguard women’s reproductive rights across the country. If you want to participate in the marches throughout the country, here’s what you need to know:
1. Washington, D.C. hosts the major march. As is customary, the official Women’s March’s main event is hosted in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators are invited to assemble in Freedom Plaza at 10:00 a.m. ET for a pre-rally worship service to honor people of faith who are fighting for reproductive justice and hoping for it. At 12 p.m. ET, a rally will commence.
At 1:30 p.m., the march will begin from Freedom Plaza and proceed along Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building. The National Park Service has issued permits for the event, which state that 10,000 people will attend.
That amount is in line with the October 2020 turnout, which pales in comparison to the 100,000 marchers in Washington, D.C. in 2019, and the inaugural 2017 march, which drew between 440,000 and 500,000 people the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States.
2. This Women’s March has a similar objective to the protest of 2020.
Protesters hope to send a clear message to the Supreme Court and MPs around the country in October 2021: attacks on reproductive rights will not be allowed. After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hastened to select and confirm conservative Constitutional originalist judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace one of the court’s final remaining liberal justices.
Since then, women’s reproductive rights have been jeopardized by an increasingly conservative legal system, especially at the state level. “Abortion has never been universally available, but we are on the verge of losing our reproductive autonomy. In a statement, the Women’s March organizers said, “The call to action is plain and urgent.”
“The attacks are intensifying swiftly from Texas to Mississippi. Anti-choice fanatics have a strong desire to return to a time when gay and trans people, women, and people of color were more clearly dominated and controlled; they seek to resurrect previous ideals and societal norms to the point of acceptance. Misogyny and racism fuel the authoritarian objective of reproductive control, which we must confront together.”
3. Across the United States, 600 sister marches are planned. More than 600 satellite marches are scheduled for the same day as the D.C. event this year. New York City and Los Angeles host the two other major marches each year. On October 2, New Yorkers will be able to participate in a number of marches throughout the city, some of which will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET. By searching HERE, you can find a Women’s March event near you.
4. COVID- There are 19 safeguards in place. Organizers understand that conducting a large march with thousands of people could be perilous during a pandemic. At the D.C. event (which is encouraged at the others), there will be security, including hand sanitizing stations along the march route. Masks are needed for protesters, as is social separation.
Those who are sick should stay at home and participate in one of the virtual events. Attendance at the march will not require proof of vaccination, but increasing vaccination coverage in a community reduces the chance of infection with COVID-19, including the Delta form. Anyone interested in learning more about immunization coverage in Washington, D.C. can go HERE.
5. There are also virtual events planned. The Women’s March has prepared a number of virtual events to encourage would-be attendees to remain home if they are suffering with COVID-19 symptoms. Live broadcasts, phone banking, and more are all available, and you can find them all HERE.