Hundreds of thousands of women are expected to descend upon Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles at 9 a.m. Saturday as part of the second annual Women’s March.
The event coincides with the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, which sparked rallies and protest marches attended by millions of people in cities around the world, including Pasadena and Los Angeles.
“They marched last year because we wanted to send a message,” said former Pasadena city employee Rebecca Fleming. “Here we are again, louder, stronger, more united — love will always win over hate, and we will keep marching until our voice is heard.”
Last year’s inaugural Women’s March saw 750,000 people coming together in LA.
This year’s event will feature music, art and speakers all aligned with the National Women’s March Unity Principles of ending violence and protecting civil, reproductive, LGBTQIA (intersex and asexual), worker, disability and immigrant rights.
“Anyone concerned about human decency, equal rights, and freedom from discrimination should participate in the march,” said former Public Information Officer Ann Erdman. “The momentum has been building for about a year now, and this is a renewed call to action for continuing to move forward with passion and purpose.”
This year, women have been empowered by the #MeToo Movement, which has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and discrimination. The movement has forced some of the most powerful men in film, TV, politics and the media to resign.
According to a statement on the Women’s March website, the event will include a plan of action for the 2018 midterm election.
“The 2018 event will provide participants the tools, and amplify their motivation to use their vote as the voice to build government that reflects ideas,” states the Women’s March website.
Although Trump, who has been accused of sexual harassment by 17 women, has attacked African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, war heroes and the media, women remain among his top targets. During the GOP primary, he mocked candidate Carly Fiorina’s looks and suggested that former FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly was on her period after she asked him tough questions during a debate.
At one point during the campaign against Hillary Clinton, Trump said women who have abortions should face, “some type of punishment.” He later backtracked on those comments.