For Women's March 2018 groups, news of the past year have produced a ruthless mix of emotions.
Movements like #MeToo brought anger and pain from many years of physical or sexual assault, and exposed prevalent issues like pay inequality and intellectual sexism.
Simultaneously, there was joy to be found in commemorating the solidarity found through the collaboration around a common cause.
It's no surprise, then, that women have been calling Katherine Siemionko, head coordinator of in 2017's New York City Women's March, inquiring about preparations for a second march.
Siemionko, who presides over Women's Alliance, the nonprofit that surfaced out of last year's impromptu team of organisers, states that Women's March 2.0 strategies have rolled in from networked groups in cities throughout the nation over the past week.
New York City's event, to be held January 20, was announced in a press release in October.
“It’s kind of scary how it mirrors last year,” she claims, explaining how energy picked up around this time in 2016. “I’m getting calls from friends in Florida,” she claims, explaining how energy picked up around this time in 2016.
"I'm obtaining telephone calls from close friends in Florida," says Siemionko, people wish to know if marches are taking place in their cities and otherwise, they're offering to plan one.
Last year, the very first Women's March - with its wayward pink pussyhats coupled with a dead-serious message regarding sexual violence - was announced for Washington and influenced sister marches in every U.S. state and numerous cities around the world.
An estimated 4 million peoples attended across the country, surpassing original expectations.
Although the march was triggered by Hillary Clinton loosing the presidential election to Donald Trump (and held the day after his inauguration) it grew to become about all the systems that threaten women's equality, health, and human rights.
Importantly, it was also framed as the launch of a revitalised movement, not the conclusion of one.
Below's is a look at what's planned thus far, inning accordance with a running date list maintained by Women's Alliance on Facebook.
All marches are slated for Saturday, January 20, 2018.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
Cambridge Common Historic District
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
Downtown, location TBA
9 a.m. – noon CST
Colorado Springs, CO
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. MST
Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Capitol
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST
Los Angeles, CA
Downtown, location TBA
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST
The Public House, 130 East Broadway
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. MST
Bicentennial Mall Nashville
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST
New Orleans, LA
Starts at 9:30, CST
New York, NY
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. PST
Orange County, CA
9 a.m. to noon PST
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Noon to 3 p.m. EST
Rhode Island State House
11 a.m. EST
Southside Park, 2115 6th Street
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. PST
San Diego, CA
Noon to 5 p.m. PST
San Francisco, CA
San Marcos, CA
9 a.m. – noon PST
Noon-3 p.m. EST
*Registration for free tickets will be required in some cities. Check your local event page.
Should you take part in one of the January marches, anticipate to see more linkups from other activists and special interest groups.
The Women's March 2018 will start an effort to sign up 1 million women to vote in combination with voter's rights organisations, for example.
The project will continue to proceed throughout the year, in advance of the 2018 National Voter Registration Day in September as well as November's midterm political elections.
Simienko's team is also in talks with businesses in New York concerning fundraising and networking events, arts groups regarding a celebration of women in the arts, and the New York Public Library, which will be mounting a display about the counterculture in Bryant Park, where that city's march is to conclude if all goes as intended.
To address the #MeToo movement, coordinators have welcomed nonprofits that support victims of sexual violence and participants of the movement to talk on January 20, and are establishing themed live events, such as a panel on women's rights that will possibly be uploaded on Facebook Live.
“Even today, I meet with people who left their jobs and started their own company or artists who have started their own product line because of [the march],” says Siemionko. “I’ve met women who have asked for raises successfully, or promotions. And I’ve met women who have found self-esteem that they didn’t know they had.”
Now she intends to put that positive power back right into the march.