Words by Elizabeth Cuomo

On January 3rd, a record-breaking 102 women were sworn into the House of Representatives, marking the beginning of the most diverse Congress in American history. These women have the opportunity to represent their communities in a way that has never been done before. For the first time ever, women from a wide range of cultures, faiths, and perspectives will have a voice in shaping American policy. They have power. This is huge.

The 2017 Women’s March was the largest coordinated protest in U.S. history, uniting over 4.5 million people across the globe. This year, January 19th, is the third annual Women’s March. Here’s what you need to know to get ready.

Where?

The main march will be held in Washington D.C. beginning on the National Mall between 12th and 3rd Street. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. and by 11 a.m. the march will kick off. Afterwards, a rally will be held at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

What about in New York?

In New York, the Women’s March Alliance is meeting at Columbus Circle at 11 a.m. to march down to Bryant Park. Check out this Facebook event for more details. Come join us. We’ll be there.

It doesn’t stop there! Locally organized marches, called sister marches, are happening all over the world. This map will tell you everything you need to know about finding an event in your neck of the woods.

What else should I know?

There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the Women’s March organization this year, causing some locations to back out. Controversy includes talk of mismanagement and overall shitty behavior within the organization that’s really too odd to get into. So we won’t.

This is upsetting, considering the point of this event is to empower women and bring us all together.

Why should I bother?

The Women’s March is on a mission is to, “harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.” In 2018, a record number of women ran for political office. If this isn’t proof that change is coming, what else are you waiting for?