Women's March protesters march on Washington, around world

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Monday, January 23, 2017

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Key Points

  • On Saturday, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, hundreds of thousands of protesters converged on Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington.
  • Marchers — both female and male — arrived by plane, carpool, public transit and overnight bus from all over the country to protest issues ranging from access to abortion services and affordable healthcare to opposition to President Trump’s statements on immigrants and Muslims.
  • A rally before the march saw speakers from a variety of backgrounds calling upon those gathered to continue pressuring the White House on equality and other issues in the months and years to come.
  • Meanwhile, marches in solidarity with the main event took place in cities and towns across the United States and the world, including Antarctica.
  • Although the total number in attendance at the Washington march is not known, city officials estimated it was far more than the 500,000 protesters expected. So many people converged on the National Mall that demonstrators ended up having to march up several streets instead of the single designated route to the White House. (Note: the NewsHour Weekend story misstates that the crowd was unable to march in Washington, D.C.)
Questions: 
  1. Essential question: What value or meaning, if any, does protesting have in a democracy?
  2. What were some issues other than women’s rights that marchers were protesting? How do those issues relate to each other and to women’s rights?
  3. Do you agree or disagree with any of the underlying issues being protested at the march? Explain your answer.

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