Wisconsin women plan to march on Washington

Buses, caravans will head to D.C. on Jan. 21
Wisconsin women plan to march on Washington

Women across the country are preparing to march on the nation’s Capitol, including thousands from Wisconsin.

The “Women’s March on Washington” is planned for Saturday, Jan. 21 following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump from near the U.S. Capitol on a route near the National Mall.

Organizers have said that the march is not against Trump or the legitimacy of his election, but to bring focus to women’s issues.

“We want to send a message to the incoming administration and to the sitting members of congress that we also want to be heard,” Wisconsin organizer Jessica Hughes said. “We want to know that the promises that were made to bring this country back together are being followed.”

Hughes has been using a Facebook page with other organizers across the state to help coordinate travel for those who are coming from here. She says right now they’re estimating thousands could make the trip.

Organizers hope they’ll attract more than 250,000 women to Washington. In 1995 the “Million Man March” attracted some 400,000 African-American men to the National Mall.

Because many can’t make it to Washington, there are “sister marches” being planned, including one in Madison. The “Women’s March on Madison” is being planned for the same day at 5:30 p.m. on Library Mall.