Women from the greater Richmond area will take to the street on Saturday to take part in the Women’s March and Expo. Starting at 9 AM folks will gather at Robin Hood Road and Boulevard near the Arthur Ashe Center and march about two miles down Boulevard.
The mission of the march is to encourage Richmond’s diverse community to walk with purpose for equity, justice, and the empowerment of all womxn.
We represent a promise to resist hate, resist misogyny, resist racism, resist religious persecution, resist heterosexism and genderism, and resist the oppression of the poor and marginalized, preferring instead love, acceptance, cooperation, peace, and compassion.
After the march the Women’s March RVA Expo will open in the Arthur Ashe Center at 10:00 am and feature local organizations supporting women; speakers; music; vendors; a silent auction; and an art build area for creating signs for the Martin Luther King and Women’s March DC events (the following weekend).
The best explanation of why women are marching can be found at Why We March on the event website. One example from Stephanie Younger is below.
I MARCH because at age 13, people would rather comment on my body than my intellect. I march because at age 14, people tried to stop me from pursuing my dreams because of my skin color.
I march for the young girl who is taught it’s her fault if she gets mistreated. I march for the young Black girl whose teachers thought she had an attitude and viewed their hair as a distraction. I march for the Black women whose voices don’t get the attention they deserve. I march for queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people who are judged for who they love and what pronouns they use. I march for Black and Brown youth who are incarcerated and experience gun violence at disproportionate rates.