Women’s Marches Being Held In Washington, D.C., Cities Nationwide

By Jason Slotkin

Protestors rally during the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Carol Guzy for NPR

Carol Guzy for NPR

Women’s Marches were underway Saturday in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of cities across the country.

The latest iteration of the protest event — first held the day after President Trump’s 2017 inauguration — comes as the Senate is moving toward a confirmation vote on the president’s third Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Jade Tisdol from Boston takes part in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 17, 2020.

Carol Guzy for NPR

Carol Guzy for NPR

The controversial election year nomination is expected to be a central focus during this year’s events, motivating rallies and marches throughout the day. If confirmed, Barrett would succeed the feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality during her nearly three-decade long tenure on the court.

Saturday’s tent-pole event in Washington was permitted for 10,000 attendees. Organizers said that in total, some 380 events were planned throughout the country.

The presidential election and the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court are some of the issues being protested. Barrett would fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Carol Guzy for NPR

Carol Guzy for NPR

With Election Day now less than a month away, mobilizing the women’s vote is among this year’s themes alongside other women’s rights issues.

In D.C., Sonja Spoo, a reproductive rights activist, said “Donald Trump is leaving office and there is no choice for him — it is our choice — and we are voting him out come November 3rd.”

A dog named Rocky attends the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Carol Guzy for NPR

Carol Guzy for NPR

Sarah McCammon contributed to this report.

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