In 2018, thousands gathered outside of Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for the second annual Women’s March, which was organized by United We Stand. Women and girls of all ages took to the streets carrying signs of all shapes and sizes. Some protestors displayed political messages on their signs, such as “We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter,” while others simply read “GRL PWR.”
This year’s march, however, almost didn’t happen. Due to a lack of funds and organization, the Ohio chapter of the Women’s March announced on January 11 that it was going to call off the 2019 march. Upon hearing that it was cancelled, members of the Socialist Alternative, Democratic Socialists of America, and the International Socialist Organization stepped up to help. The march still happened, but experienced a much smaller turnout than in the previous two years.
Rashida Manual, a member of Ohio’s chapter, says that rather than focus on the hiccups that occurred this year, the Women’s March is planning big for the next year. “Next year is 2020,” she says. “It’s an election year. It’s a big year, and we really want to have a big event to galvanize women here in Ohio to take action.”
The date for the 2020 march has not yet been shared. However, if you are interested in the events that the Women’s March is hosting between now and then, stay tuned into their Facebook page, Twitter, and official website.
Photo: Juniors Molly Mulvaney and Kate Finn at the 2018 Women’s March.