Thousands of women and allies will rally in downtown Chicago Jan. 21 for The Women's March on Chicago, held in unison with other rallies around the country to further women's rights.
The Women's March on Chicago honors women's marches planned for Washington, D.C. and other cities the day after the presidential inauguration in an effort to make their voices heard by the incoming Donald Trump administration.
"We are the women of Chicago. We are varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual identities, economic situations, politics and countless other diversities, and we will share space on Jan. 21 to protect our rights and our humanity," Liz Radford, one of the organizers, said. "We are marching to voice protests and concerns because our rights, safety and values are at stake. The mission of this march is to connect, protect and activate in our communities."
Organizers have received conditional approval to host the event and will meet at 10 a.m. at Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park.
"We are actively spreading the word throughout Chicago and the suburbs to recruit marchers and supporters," Lisa DeSantiago, another organizer, said. "We are here for equality and justice; everybody in this group wants it and will fight for it."
The grassroots effort started in November when several women felt compelled to stand against the divisive rhetoric of the presidential campaign. In five weeks, more than 22,000 interested marchers have connected online, with nearly 10,000 registering on the official Facebook page dedicated to the event within two days of the page's launch.
For more information about the event, please visit womens121marchonchicago.org.