Women’s groups plan marches for inauguration anniversary

The Chicago Tribune reported that an estimated 250,000 attended the march in Grant Park. (Photo by Ruff Wray)

SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of women’s groups from across the state are planning marches Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale on Jan. 20.

According to a press release, Women’s March Chicago, Action Illinois and Women United Network are organizing statewide marches in celebration of the first anniversary of the Women’s Marches of 2017. Named the March on the Polls, it’s to encourage women and their allies to get involved in the upcoming primary election and general election and encouraging a huge turnout of female voters.

“We are proud to be able to bring women across the state of Illinois an opportunity to participate in a March close to home on the anniversary of the historic Women’s Marches that were integral to the swell of grassroots activism seen across the country in the past year,” Women’s March Chicago said in the release. “We are one Illinois from downstate to Chicago and united in our sisterhood and activism for a better future for all women. These marches are organized in conjunction with 168 global actions during the Weekend of Women.”

The Women’s Marches in Illinois are focused on bringing together women and allies in support of women’s rights including equal rights, equal pay, reproductive justice, affordable healthcare, affordable childcare, racial justice, voting rights, freedom from violence, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, fair wages, access for persons with disabilities, environmental protections, and other critical areas of focus.