Click here to browse the answers to frequently asked questions about the march, or select a question from the list below.
Q: Why is “Womxn” spelled with an X?
A: Seattle has adopted the name “Womxn’s March on Seattle” to show solidarity with the trans community, and is one of the many ways that the march seeks to promote intersectionality in this movement. Intersectionality acknowledges that different forms of discrimination intersect, overlap, and reinforce each other, and takes into account the impact of discrimination based not only on gender but also race, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, faith, class, disability, and other backgrounds. To learn more about this spelling of womxn, click here.
Q: I’m not a woman. Am I invited?
A: Yes! The march is open to people of all gender identities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations who believe womxn’s rights are human rights.
Q: I’ve heard the March is going to be silent – what’s that about?
A: The Womxn’s March on Seattle will be a silent march, modeled after the successful silent Civil Rights marches that have paved the way for this movement*. Marchers will rely on large numbers and powerful signage to speak more loudly than any individuals ever could.
The organizers respectfully request** that participants be silent until your group has passed the last speaker along the route. Then raise your collective voices and chant, sing, and shout all the way to Seattle Center, letting out all the energy, excitement, and passion that brought us together in the first place.
* Silent Marches have a long history as effective expressions of non-violent protest. One momentous Silent March was organized by the NAACP in 1917 to protest anti-black violence. In a reflective interview about the event, the President of the NAACP from 2008-2013, Benjamin Todd Jealous, explained: “When tens of thousands of people march and chant, the focus is on the chant. When tens of thousands of people march and are silent, the focus is on the people. We wanted to make sure that the solemnness, the seriousness of the occasion, came through.”
** Silence is a request, and is by no means a requirement. This is a free speech event, and participants are constitutionally allowed to say whatever they like. Please join us.
Q: What is the purpose of the Womxn’s March on Seattle? What are you trying to accomplish?
A: Read about the mission here. The intention of the march is to assemble in numbers too great to ignore, in order to show solidarity and to provide support to the communities who are impacted the most by the current political climate. There has been a huge outpouring of support and interest in volunteerism and activism as a result of the last election cycle. March organizers seek to plug those volunteers and activists into direct contact with local organizations that are making a difference in the communities at risk. Several of these organizations will be marching in the Womxn’s March on Seattle. Marchers will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer with them and march alongside these Organizations.
Q: The mission says one of the goals of the Womxn’s March on Seattle is for marchers to “become accomplices.” Don’t you mean “become allies”?
A: Many marginalized people who are doing the work of fighting for civil rights and against oppression prefer “accomplices” to “allies.” Allies can align themselves ideologically with a fight or movement without actually taking any action to support that movement. Their support is in name and appearance only.
Conversely, accomplices are defined by action – by giving time, money, skills, or materials to the movements they support. In keeping with the mission of the march, it is not enough for marchers to look supportive and take the actions we think are best. We must be supportive, taking the actions requested by the people we are supporting.
To learn more about being an accomplice, click here.
Q: Who is organizing the Womxn’s March on Seattle?
A: The Womxn’s March on Seattle is completely organized by volunteers. Click here to learn more.
Q: I’m hearing things about National and State, what’s that about?
A: This march is in solidarity with marches happening all over the country on the same day. The first march originated in Washington D.C., and that is where the national people are located. To learn more about the National March’s Mission, click here.
National organizers were overwhelmed with people from all over the country contacting them to set up a march in their own cities and states, so they began to find volunteers in each state to help coordinate local marches, work as an information hub, and help answer questions. You can learn more about the national march at the official Women’s March website.
Washington State organizers are a group of volunteers from all over Washington State who are helping cities in Washington organize their marches. There is no “Washington State March.” The State-level organizers help with fundraising, disperse information from the National-level organizers to the cities in Washington that are marching, and ensure the entire state is consistent with it’s mission. Washington State now has five official marches planned for January 21st: Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, Whidbey Island, and Bellingham. The Washington State-level folks are helping with all of those marches. Check out the Washington State mission statement, get more info, and click that you’re “attending” at the Washington State Facebook page. You can also learn more about the other marches by going to the official Washington State Women’s March website.
Q: Is the Womxn’s March on Seattle affiliated with any organization or political party?
A: The Womxn’s March on Seattle is a non-partisan non-profit free speech event. This is not a protest. It is a sister march of the national Women’s March on Washington D.C. For more information on the national march, see below.
Q: Is it true that other countries are marching?
A: Yes! This is a global movement. Click here to learn more about the other marches around the world.
Q: I want to be able to make a long-term difference. What can I do after the March?
A: Check out the organizations that are involved in the March.