We Asked Women’s March Protesters What Got Them Offline and on the Streets


Image: Avery Smith
Image: Avery Smith
The day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated in Washington, DC, millions of people across the world took to the streets for the Women’s March on Washington, created to protest misogyny, discrimination, and violence and the other manifestations of inequality that impact women. It was not necessarily a protest against Trump, but many people took this opportunity to voice their concerns about much of the election season rhetoric, including the now infamous tape of the president talking about sexually assaulting women.

By Avery Smith, Catherine Trautwein | MOTHERBOARD

Like many of our modern day protests—from Arab Spring movements to Black Lives Matter—much of this protest was launched and planned online, through Facebook and Twitter. The day after election day in November, women across the US, such as Teresa Shook in Hawaii and Evvie Harmon, created Facebook groups to start organizing protests. Their efforts soon attracted hundreds and thousands of people, and support from foundations and celebrities such as Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis.

In the era of social media activists, we went to Washington, DC to find out what finally got the protesters off their feeds and on the ground in one of the most visible moments of civic engagements in America’s recent history.

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