Skip to main content

Women's March anniversary: Here's how MN supporters are celebrating a year of girl power

Details on the anniversary event happening in St. Paul this weekend.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

It's been almost a year since 100,000 Minnesotans marched on the state Capitol in the cold of winter to reaffirm that women's rights are human rights.

At its "sister marches" from Washington D.C. to Antarctica, people stood shoulder to shoulder on Jan. 21, 2017 – one day after President Donald Trump's inauguration – to march, chant, laugh and cry while carrying protest signs and wearing those infamous pink hats. 

In cities across the U.S., speakers including Gloria Steinem, Scarlett Johansson, Madonna and Ashley Judd preached about equality, justice, and tolerance. 

The Women's March became the largest coordinated protest in U.S. history and one of the largest in world history. Over 5 million people marched worldwide; in Minnesota, it became one of the largest protests in Twin Cities history

With the one-year anniversary this month, Women's March Minnesota wants to celebrate in a big way and reignite women's passion to "create change in 2018 and beyond."

Anniversary event

Women's March Minnesota presents: Hear Our Voice is the anniversary celebration happening on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Union Depot in St. Paul.

It's described as an "evening of music and messages from feminist leaders," with entrepreneur Nancy Lyons acting as emcee (as she did at the 2017 march).

"Not only will we celebrate that moment, but we'll ask you to commit your time, your voice, your feet, and your money to making real change as we move into the 2018 elections. It is time to renew the momentum of the march and solidify the movement," the website says.

Local leaders like Rep. Ilhan Omar, Andrea Jenkins, Nausheena Hussain, and Susana de León have signed on as speakers. 

Confirmed artists include: Maria Isa, K. Raydio, and Soul Beautiful. More artists and speakers will be announced leading up to the date.

The event is ticketed, with guests asked to pay whatever amount "works best" for them. A standard ticket is $20, but you can pay as little as $5 or even register for free here.

Why isn't Minnesota doing another march?

While a few states are having marches again this year, Women's March Minnesota says it's important that each state chapter hosts an event that "meets the needs of their state."

"In Minnesota, we need to move from a moment to a movement to harness our collective power as we go into a tide shifting election year in 2018," Women's March Minnesota says.

That may mean something like what's happening at the main Women's March event this year, which will take place in Las Vegas. Dubbed "Power to the Polls," it kicks off a national voter registration tour that will target swing states.

Organizers chose Nevada instead of D.C. because it’s a key battleground state in the 2018 midterm elections, and because the city “was rocked by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history” this year, according to the Women's March website.

Social justice conference

If you can't make it to the anniversary celebration, there's another way to get involved in January. Women's March Minnesota is partnering with several other advocacy groups for a conference called MNxMN 2018.

The "statewide social justice conference" is designed to bring together new and experienced activists from around the state to focus on issues affecting all Minnesotans.

"Our goal is for participants to become more effective advocates in preparation for the 2018 legislative session, mid-term elections and ongoing grassroots activism," the website says.

The one-day event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Rose Brewer, as well as workshops, additional talks, forums and activities to deepen knowledge, develop advocacy skills and build relationships between new and existing activist organizations and individuals.

The conference is happening on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Harding High School in St. Paul. It's $25 for students – find more details here.

What did Women's March Minnesota do in 2017?

March – a lot. 

Shortly after the main Women's March there were protests against the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline, and then again against the Muslim Ban. They showed up at rallies throughout the year for Planned Parenthood, immigrants, climate change, and police brutality.

There was also work behind the scenes to empower women to take action on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and healthcare – like 10 Actions for the First 100 Days, town halls, conferences, fundraisers, and petitions.

Women's March Minnesota relived the year of activism in a recent blog post titled "Reflecting on 2017."

"Thank you to the activists and organizations who marched with us, collaborated with us and mentored us as we grew and solidified as an organization," the post says. "We are looking forward to 2018 and the ways that we will continue to learn, grow and use our voices to create a community based on equality and equity in Minnesota and beyond."

Next Up

police lights

Man arrested after abduction attempt in Bemidji

The incident occurred in Cameron Park on June 25.

betty danger's

Betty Danger's in NE Minneapolis for sale for $4.2 million

The asking price includes the restaurant's ferris wheel, as well as a nearby single-family home.

monkeypox

Minnesota health officials warn monkeypox cases could grow rapidly

The state has so far confirmed only six cases of monkeypox virus.

291734046_502006195017388_4346404407323115820_n

Bodies of woman, three young children recovered from Vadnais Lake

Authorities say the bodies recovered were those of two boys, one girl and their mother.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: Duluth man had hundreds of child porn images, videos

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found nearly 330 images on the man's electronic devices.

hennepin county sheriff water patrol lake minnetonka

Scuba diver found dead in Lake Minnetonka identified as 20-year-old

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said 20-year-old Brady Alan Aune, from Elko New Market, died of freshwater drowning on June 3.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

Felony charges filed after authorities search 'Peacebunny Cottage'

The president of the rabbit rescue non-profit faces multiple animal cruelty charges after over 40 rabbits were found dead inside the organization's barn.

monkeypox virus

Minnesota up to 6 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus

Most people recover at home within 2-4 weeks.

thc edibles

Did Minnesota just accidentally legalize THC?

A Republican lawmaker who voted to approve the new law in May is already talking about rolling it back.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Gasoline may be cause of sewer explosion on U of M campus

An all-clear was given around 9 p.m. Thursday, with residents in the area allowed to return to their homes.

image

Overwhelming demand for THC products on first day of new law in MN

One shop owner said his Chaska store broke the online sales record before they opened Friday morning.

Related

State Capitol.

Facing hefty fines, organizers cancel women's march on MN capitol

The move was due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

Despite single-digit temps, thousands attend St. Paul Women's March

It coincided with woman's marches in Washington, D.C. and around the U.S.

Thousands are protesting abortion at the March for Life in Washington

It's the largest anti-abortion demonstration in the world.

How to party like Gatsby at the F. Scott Fitzgerald celebration

It's a not-to-be-missed event for any Fitzgerald fan – and it's in St. Paul.

How to party like Gatsby at the F. Scott Fitzgerald celebration

It's a not-to-be-missed event for any Fitzgerald fan – and it's in St. Paul.

'Injustice on a Stick' protesters march to the State Fair

Advocacy groups aim to bring attention to racism and police violence.