On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people will hit the streets of Washington, D.C. to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence as the next president and vice president of the United States. Protestors from across the country will gather across from the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 21 for the Women's March on Washington, and walk along the National Mall in a show of political dissent the day after Trump is officially sworn into the nation's highest office. But how many miles is the Women's March on Washington exactly?
A video published last week across multiple social media pages for the Women's March noted that the march will run about 1.5 miles, starting at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW. But a news article published by the Washington Post Wednesday morning puts the end point at The Ellipse, the 52-acre public park south of the White House fence. That would make the length of the Women's March on Washington closer to two miles, according to Google Maps.
The Women's March on Washington is expected to start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and end around 5 p.m. Eastern Time, according to the March's official website. The program will kick off with a rally, where advocates, activists, community leaders, and entertainers will take the stage to galvanize attendees before they start marching along the National Mall at 1:15 p.m. Entertainers America Ferrera, Zendaya, Uzo Aduba, Constance Wu, Hari Nef, and Frances McDormand, among others, have all committed to attending the march in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, according to CBS News.
Protestors unable to travel to the nation's capitol Saturday for the march may be able to participate in one of the more than 600 sister marches taking place across all seven continents. Nearly all 50 states will hold multiple local marches, while countries like Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Madagascar, and Mexico will host their own versions. In total, organizers for the Women's March on Washington expect more than 1.36 million people to gather in their respective cities on Saturday to protest Trump and his administration, which civil rights leaders fear will abuse its power to further strip away the rights of women, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.
Last week, the Women's March on Washington released its official policy platform, which calls for reproductive rights, equal pay, racial justice, police reform, and economic justice. Feminists and media outlets have lauded the platform as "beautifully intersectional" — in the words of Huffington Post — since its release. Although the document does demand justice for a wide swath of people affected by a Trump presidency, the March has (rightfully) come under fire for failing to be inclusive of disability rights and flip-flopping on sex worker rights, as well as teaming up with an anti-choice organization (a partnership that has dissolved, according to Refinery29). Organizers have quickly responded to the criticism, making moves to either acknowledge or right their mistakes without hesitation.
Romper reached out to the organizers of the Women's March on Washington for comment, but has yet to hear back.