The second to last weekend of January 2017 will be one that our nation will remember for years to come. Donald Trump, will take his oath on Friday January 20th to become our 45th President of the United States. The following day, as many as 200,000 women will march for a mission at the Women’s March on Washington (D.C.).
According to the Washington Post, this movement has grown into what is expected to be the largest demonstration linked to the inauguration. And women outside of the nation’s capital are starting to take strides as well.
Women’s March Washington State was founded after women from an online knitting organization reached out to the national organization in Washington, D.C to get involved. Fundraising staff member, Michelle Rupp said, a Facebook event was launched for the West Coast movement and it grew like wildfire.
The organization will host various marches across the state of Washington, including the Women’s March on Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, and Bellingham. People of all gender identities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations are encouraged to participate in marching in solidarity with the national Women’s March on Washington D.C.
“We’re taking a united stand for equality and respect that’s impossible to ignore,” Women’s March on Washington State Fundraising Staff member, Kenzi Wilson, explains, “Our mission is to organize inclusive marches that amplify the diverse needs and demands of women and marginalized peoples.”
To ensure that voices from the great Pacific Northwest are heard, the organization required $75,000 to help the movement come to life.
After some research, the Women’s March Washington State launched a YouCaring fundraiser to raise money for essentials such as permit costs, insurance, water for volunteers, and signs. So far, they have raised over $52,000 from over 1,200 supporters.
Upon starting the fundraiser, the organization already had around 19,000 supporters across the state of Washington. However, the ‘share’ feature on the fundraiser page aided in their ability to spread information on the march. In total, the fundraiser has been shared 3,400 times across social media to reach a wider audience of women who may be interested in getting involved or donating to the cause.
“The election spurred these marches, but more than that, a larger discussion of progression and our rights,” Kenzi explained. “These marches are drawing people out of the woodwork who are realizing that many of us face issues with equality, and the most effective way to fight injustice is together.”