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Protestor donning a homemade pussy hat at the Women's March 2017 | © Roya Ann Miller/Unsplash
Protestor donning a homemade pussy hat at the Women's March 2017 | © Roya Ann Miller/Unsplash
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What to Know About Saturday's Women's March in NYC

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Travel Editor
Updated: 21 January 2018
This time last year, an estimated 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City in protest of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics, and in solidarity with women around the world.

Fifth Avenue was an endless sea of hot pink “pussy hats” and cheeky signs defending the collective right to love whoever we want, be proud of where we’re from and protect the rights of women everywhere. In what was hailed as the largest protest in the country’s history, the Women’s March in DC—and its fellow sister marches in cities around the world—sent a clear message to the White House: “This man is not our president.”

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the historic Women’s March, and a year since Trump was sworn into office in what proved a tragic loss for many. In New York, a demonstration will be taking place tomorrow, on January 20, with protesters marching for LGBTQ rights, the rights of immigrants, in defense of sexual assault victims and against racism. If you are planning to don a pink hat, grab a sign and march for your rights in NYC, then below is everything you need to know in advance.

2017 Women's March in DC | © Liz Lemon/Flickr
2017 Women’s March in DC | © Liz Lemon/Flickr

Where to go for the NYC Women’s March 2018

The Women’s March is expected to start at 11:30 EST with a rally at Central Park West and 61st Street. Prominent speakers such as the Women’s March organizer, Katherine Siemionko, and the #MeToo campaign creator, Tarana Burke, will be speaking to their legion of supporters before they hit the streets en masse.

This handy map, created by the organizers of the march, shows the route as starting at the rallying point of Central Park West and 61st Street, making its way down the west side of the park before cutting in (past Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle) and down Fifth Avenue towards Bryant Park.

Getting to the march

Getting to the Women’s March may prove tricky due to anticipated road closures and excessive crowds. Avoid driving and opt for the subway instead. Your best bet for getting to the march will be to head in early and decide on an alternate rallying point with friends before walking over to the march together.

Protestors at the 2017 sister march in Ann Arbor, Michigan | © John C. Rivard/Flickr
Protestors at the 2017 sister march in Ann Arbor, Michigan | © John C. Rivard/Flickr

What to bring and wear at the Women’s March

The symbol of the Women’s March is the hot pink, knitted “pussy hat” that was donned by thousands at last year’s event. The knit hat is part of a social project—the Pussy Hat Project—which aims to promote inclusivity, compassion and open dialogue. The pink color was chosen to represent women and femininity, while the name “pussy hat” comes from the cat-like ears of the hat, as well as alludes to Trump’s vulgar comments on the leaked Access Hollywood Tape, in which he encouraged men to “grab women by the pussies.”

If you do not own one of these iconic hats, then grab anything pink, as that will be the expected color du jour for Saturday’s march. You can also purchase an official Women’s March t-shirt here. Thankfully, the weather is anticipated to be warmer than is usual for January, so no need to bring that giant winter coat along. It’s also recommended to bring snacks and water with you to avoid pushing your way through the sea of protestors to grab a bite.

Tomorrow, above all, is a social movement in which people stand in solidarity with those the Trump administration flippantly toss aside. Tomorrow, we will march against the xenophobic rhetoric, the racist remarks and the gender biased behavior of the President of the United States as we remind everyone that we will not stand idly by.