If it seems as though every progressive feminist you know is planning on participating in a women's march the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, that may not be too far from the truth. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to converge on the nation's capital Jan. 21 for the main event, and even more to its hundreds of "solidarity marches" everywhere from from Cleveland to San Francisco to Anchorage to Tokyo. The aim is to "send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office" — about reproductive rights, immigrants' rights, opposing the police killings of black Americans, you name it. It's going to be nearly impossible to ignore, and those who can't make it out are going to at least want to know how to watch the Women's March to participate in some small way.
The Women's March on Washington was borne from an election night idea a 60-something-year-old retiree in Hawaii posted to Facebook, The Washington Post reported, and now feminist icon Gloria Steinem has signed on as a co-sponsor. A diverse array of organizations like Amnesty International, EMILY’s List, GLAAD, Girls Who Code, Muslim Women’s Alliance, Planned Parenthood, and United We Dream are now partners, and major forces in pop culture like Samantha Bee, Amy Schumer, Zendaya, Uzo Abuba, and Julianne Moore have pledged to attend. With the star power behind it and its official dedication to nonviolence, the Women's March on Washington promises to be a spectacle in the best way.
Of course, the best way get in on the action is to attend either the Women's March on Washington or one of the 273 and counting local sister marches taking place literally all over the country and world on the same day. If that's not possible, it's definitely more than likely that those who opt to stay home for whatever reason will be able to catch coverage of the main event via the major cable news networks, and of the solidarity marches on local channels. After all, considering its leap from its modest beginnings to winning the attention of major media outlets like The New York Times, for example, the movement is a certified phenomenon.
The fact that it's happening the day after the inauguration, on Trump's first full day in office, will undoubtedly work in its favor as far as further capturing the media's attention is concerned. AlterNet recently reported that the networks afforded those protesting George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001 a meager ten minutes of coverage, total. Those reporters, of course, were occupied with the ceremony itself. Ultimately, this amounted to a "media blackout" of the demonstrators, the outlet reported.
By taking over the capital as well as many cities and towns across the United States — not to mention the world — on the day after the inauguration, the protesters certainly increased their chances of spreading their myriad messages to the incoming administration (which will, at that point, be the current administration) onto the airwaves. Regardless of how many cameras and news crews they attract, though, the marchers have already communicated that they're not willing to give up when Donald Trump takes over the Oval Office. They're letting him know they're watching him and will not let injustices or abuses slide.