Donald Trump is officially president of the United States. A lot of people are not happy about that fact. And on Saturday, January 21, potentially hundreds of thousands plan to show their discontent in the nation’s capital through the Women’s March on Washington.
The march may draw more attendees than Inauguration Day. As of Thursday, fewer than 400 buses had applied for parking permits on Inauguration Day — and 1,200 buses had applied for permits the day after, when the Women’s March will take place.
Comparisons to Inauguration Day aside, the event stands to be huge on its own: As of Friday afternoon, more than 220,000 people had committed to going on Facebook — making it by far the biggest planned protest around inauguration.
If you’re not attending the march but still want to follow along, here’s what you can expect.
The rally and march are on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
The rally is scheduled to last between 10 am Eastern and 1:15 pm at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Southwest Third Street, near the US Capitol.
The march is scheduled to begin after 2 pm. It will start from the rally point, then proceed down the National Mall to the Ellipse, a large public park south of the White House and north of the Washington Monument. It’s estimated to last until about 5 pm.
How to watch
Major news outlets will also likely show parts of the event on TV and online, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and NBC News. You may need to log in to your TV provider to access online streams.
What to expect
The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots response to Trump’s unexpected electoral victory over Hillary Clinton, who was the first major party female candidate in US history.
The march, as its name indicates, is largely about the gender dynamics behind Trump’s rise and Clinton’s loss. But it’s also adopted a broader progressive platform — one that includes a variety of issues, such as freedom from sexual violence, ending police brutality, and immigrant and refugee rights.
And despite the name, the march is welcome to anyone — men, women, and those who identify outside the spectrum. Above all, it’s about resisting Trump.
As part of the rally and march, organizers have scheduled a long list of speakers whom they say “cut a wide swath across racial justice, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQAI, and environmental communities, which reflects the March’s inclusive platform.”
Here’s the full list of speakers: Cecile Richards, Erika Andiola, Ilyasah Shabazz, J. Bob Alotta, Janet Mock, LaDonna Harris, Maryum Ali, Melanie Campbell, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rhea Suh, Sister Simone Campbell, Sophie Cruz, Zahra Billoo, America Ferrera, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael Moore, Amanda Nguyen, Randi Weingarten, Van Jones, George Gresham, Mothers of the Movement (Sybrina Fulton, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton, Gwen Carr), Hina Naveed, Judith LaBlanc, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Aida Hurtado, Melissa Mays, Raquel Willis, Rosyln Brock, Sister Ieasha Prime, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ai-jen Poo, Wendy Carrillo, Dr. Cynthia Hale, and the march co-chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika Mallory.
There are also a lot of scheduled musical performances: Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, and Angelique Kidjo are the headline names, but the list also includes Toshi Reagon, Samantha Ronson, Emily Wells, DJ Rekha, MC Lyte, St. Beauty, Beverly Bond, Alia Sharief, DJ Rimarkable, Amber Coffman, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Climbing PoeTree.
Some logistical concerns have also come up, with some strict rules applied to rallies and marches like this one. Only small bags are allowed. Backpacks are not allowed unless they’re clear, so police and other security officers can see what’s in them. And only a one-gallon plastic bag is allowed for food. For more information, you can read the official Women’s March FAQ.