From 2017 through last year, the sea of pink hats and female empowerment signs of the Seattle Women’s March have livened up dreary January skies.
But this year, for the first time, the Women’s March will coincide with International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.
While other women’s marches around the world took place in January, coordinators of the Seattle march said this was a decision to direct the focus of the event away from President Trump and back to women. The original 2017 marches took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration, partly as a message of push-back against the president’s policies and comments about women.
“We made a conscious move to move away from Inauguration Day and the association with the 45th president, and actually center and celebrate and honor women all around the world,” march organizer Bianca Davis-Lovelace said. “Our intention this year is to be more intentional about focusing on women internationally, and the plights and the struggles and the joys and the celebrations of being a woman.”
Thousands attend Women’s March in Seattle
Additionally, the 2020 march gives a platform to women from marginalized communities. The leaders of the Seattle march this year are all women of color.
As women’s issues remain at the forefront of political discussions, the issues spotlighted by the Women’s March have evolved over the years. The proliferation of the #MeToo movement in late 2017 meant that breaking silence on sexual harassment and assault has been a major theme at the most recent marches.
“We are focusing on

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