D.C. Women's March dwindles to fewer than 10K participants after 100K last year, 500K in 2017

by Adam Ford · Jan 19th, 2020 3:04 pm

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The Women's March took place on Saturday but made much less noise than past years as its number of participants continues to fall precipitously. According to the National Park Service permit, there were fewer than 10,000 Washington, D.C. marchers this weekend, while last year saw about 100,000, and the year before that — the inaugural year of the Women's march — a half-million protesters took part.

There were also "sister marches" in other U.S. cities which, according to reports, also attracted fewer participants than past years.

The demonstrators identified three main reasons for their march this year: advocacy for abortion access, increased immigration, and action on climate change. Also, as each other year, opposition to President Trump featured prominently in the protests.

Amid numerous claims of anti-Semitism among Women's March leadership, the group has recently seen dwindling support, the resignation of multiple leaders, and abandonment from sponsors — including the AFL-CIO, Center for American Progress, Emily's List, and National Resources Defense Council.

There were also no speakers at event this year, in sharp contrast to previous marches which featured speeches from famous activists and celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, America Ferrera, Michael Moore, Cecile Richards, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, and Kamala Harris.

Responding to the lack of speakers and star power this year, Women's March CEO Rachel O'Leary Carmon said, "It's not about listening to people talk, it's about exercising your own power and your own agency."


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