CFL News
March 27, 2018

Tens of Thousands of Women Take to the Streets for Second Straight Year

Tens of Thousands of Women Take to the Streets for Second Straight Year

The election of President Trump in 2016 and the fear that accompanied it brought a new vitalization within the progressive movement. Solidarity among the LGBTQ community (who had recently made strides with the Obama administration), the immigrant community and women grew in part because they each felt marginalized by the Trump administration.

At the start of 2017, women banded together to voice their concerns around Trump’s ideologies and in support of one another. The Women’s March on Washington in Washington D.C. was the first protest scheduled to take place the day after Trump’s inauguration. As news of this march spread, women planned marches of their own in cities across the country, including here in Chicago, and around the world. Women from all over came together for rally after rally to advocate for women’s and reproductive rights, and immigration and healthcare reform, among others.

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Women’s March took to the streets for March to the Polls, to celebrate their efforts over the past year and to focus on the 2018 elections. In Chicago, a diverse crowd of approximately 300,000 women, men and children, came together in support of one another and to show President Trump and the GOP that all people are created equal.

The emcee for the event was actor, writer and producer Fawzia Mirza. Cast members from “Hamilton,” who are also members of Actors Equity Association, made an appearance as well as SAG-AFTRA member Monica Raymund from the TV Show “Chicago Fire.” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, City Clerk Anna Valencia, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, CFL Board member and President of SEIU Healthcare Greg Kelley, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and CFL Delegate, CFL 2016 Woman of the Year and Women’s March Chicago Board member Jaquie Algee (SEIU Healthcare) also addressed the crowd.