“I am not free when any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own,” feminist writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde said at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in 1981. Decades later, Lorde’s words capture the essence of the Women’s March factions, which have brought millions of people together in solidarity nationwide since the 2016 presidential election.
In the march’s first and second year, hundreds of thousands of poster-toting, anthem-chanting marchers took Manhattan. One sign read, “anything you can do I can do bleeding.” Another, held by a small white-haired woman, read “Ninety, Nasty, and Not Giving Up!” And another read “this is my resisting bitch face.” This year, on Saturday, January 19, crowds will return to Columbus Circle for the Women’s March on NYC to make clear, once again, that when any woman is unfree, no one is free.
Also this year, a second demonstration will take place in Foley Square at the same time. The Women’s Unity Rally, presented by the grassroots group behind the game changing march on DC in 2017, will assemble downtown from 10am-2pm. Accusations have flown between the two unaffiliated groups, eliminating any chance that they may join forces. In spite of their differences, each group is working toward an ultimate goal of gender equality.
Here, you’ll find details on the Women’s March in Columbus Circle. You can find additional information on the Women’s Unity Rally in Foley Square on its event page.