Well, this isn’t shocking: The Women’s March on Washington might turn out to be the biggest protest on record. Occurring just one day after current president-elect Donald J. Trump is sworn into office, January 21 is set to start Trump’s presidency with a splash. Over 100,000 official participants are said to have registered for the walk, with many more RSVPing on Facebook to help spread the word and raise further awareness. A trip out to Washington D.C. may not be possible for all of us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t help further the goals of the Women’s March on Washington. Here are some ways you can get involved and show your support, even if you can’t be there in person.
1 Join a local Women’s March
The large Women’s March on Washington has spurred the creation of many smaller women’s marches in order to create awareness across the country and show solidarity with one another. These smaller gatherings have been aptly named Sister Marches, and there are currently 370 in total. As of publication, that brings the number of formal registrants across the country to nearly 700,000! That’s quite a force to be reckoned with.
2 Get your male friends and family members involved
Because a Women’s March doesn’t mean that only women can go, and women’s rights affect us all.
3 Donate time and money to organizations aligned with women’s rights
Planned Parenthood is a great place to start, since the effort to defund them has already begun. You can also buy official merchandise from the Women’s March on Washington; all proceeds go towards getting as many protesters to the March as possible. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also has more information on ways to get involved and great organizations to which you can donate.
4 Call your elected officials
And then have your friends call. And your relatives call. And your coworkers call. We cannot emphasize this enough. The biggest way to make an impact and have your voice heard isn’t tweeting or making Facebook statuses — it is most effective to pick up the phone and call. Find your federal, state, and local government officials and then call their office numbers to air your grievances. It is quick, easy, and most importantly effective. Let’s not forget the best way to enact change in our government: speaking up and taking action.