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January 23, 2017

Women’s March draws support from around the globe

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  • On Saturday, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands of protesters converged on Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington.
  • Marchers arrived by plane, carpool, public transit and overnight bus from all over the country to protest issues ranging from access to abortion services and affordable healthcare to opposition to President Trump’s statements on immigrants and Muslims.
  • Similar marches took place in cities and towns across the United States and the world, including Antarctica.
  • Although the total number in attendance at the Washington march is not known, city officials estimated it was more than the 500,000 protesters expected. So many people converged on the National Mall that demonstrators ended up having to march up several streets instead of the single designated route to the White House.

Class discussion questions 
  1. Essential question: What value or meaning, if any, does protesting have in a democracy?
  2. What were some issues other than women’s rights that marchers were protesting? How do those issues relate to each other and to women’s rights?
  3. Do you agree or disagree with any of the underlying issues being protested at the march? Explain your answer.

Extension activity for older students

Compare the coverage of the Women’s March through liberal and conservative Facebook feeds with the Wall Street Journal’s Blue Feed, Red Feed interactive (note there is graphic language in both sets of feeds). What difference do you notice? How does the division represent the political situation in the United States?

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