Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Says She'll Co-Chair Women's March After Trump's Inauguration

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is set to add some star-power to a planned women's protest the day after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony.

As of this morning, the “Women's March on Washington” had at least 156,000 committed attendees on Facebook, with the event billed as a peaceful protest directed more at promoting women’s issues than directly opposing Trump. It is scheduled to start near the U.S. Capitol Saturday, Jan. 21.

Steinem, 82, Tuesday posted to her Instagram account that she will serve as an honorary co-chairwoman of the protest alongside Harry Belafonte, as well as other prominent activist group leaders.

The group said the march will serve as a response to rhetoric pushed during Trump's campaign that it argues "insulted, demonized and threatened" immigrants, minorities, the LGBTQ community and other groups.

"Our communities are hurting and scared," the group's mission statement reads. "We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear."

The group said the march will serve as a response to rhetoric pushed during Trump's campaign that it argues "insulted, demonized and threatened" immigrants, minorities, the LGBTQ community and other groups.

"Our communities are hurting and scared," the group's mission statement reads. "We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear."

Trump is unconcerned about the potential for protests during the inauguration week, his Inaugural Committee communications director, Boris Epshteyn, told CNN Tuesday.

"We're here to hear their concerns," Epshteyn said. "We understand that people have concerns, but we welcome them to our side as well."


Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood and Harry Belafonte Will Join the Women's March on Washington

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On January 20, a thin-skinned adult baby with a short fuse and very orange skin will be sworn in as the next president of the United States. The day after, thousands of women and allies will gather to march on Washington, joined by Harry Belafonte, Gloria Steinem and Planned Parenthood, BuzzFeed reports.

Steinem and Belafonte will serve as honorary co-chairs and will attend the event and Planned Parenthood will “provide digital promotion, volunteers, and staff around the country, as well as event safety and security expertise.” There is also talk of Steinem and Belafonte speaking at the rally, but the official lineup hasn’t been solidified.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statemement that the intent of the rally will be to “send a strong message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care, abortion services, and access to Planned Parenthood, as they intersect with the rights of young people, people of color, immigrants, and people of all faiths, backgrounds, and incomes.”

The march’s purpose and its policies haven’t been made entirely clear, either. BuzzFeed handily points out that the point of the march is not specifically anti-Trump, but “pro-woman.” In a statement to BuzzFeed, organizers said that the march is intended to be a “display of solidarity affirming our shared humanity and fundamental human rights.” Protesting the past is largely ineffectual; we can’t change what has already happened, but uniting in the face of what’s to come is essential. For that alone, the success of this event is crucial.


Feminist icon Gloria Steinem to march in Trump inauguration protest

Feminist leader Gloria Steinem will help lead a major women’s protest following President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Steinem will participate in the women’s anti-Trump march after the inauguration on Jan. 21.

Steinem was named one of the march’s honorary co-chairs, alongside Harry Belafonte. Steinem made the announcement in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

"Proud to announce my role as honorary co-chair of the Women's March on Washington. See you there?" she wrote in the post.

The protest, called the Women’s March on Washington, is slated to have thousands of participants and will take place in Washington, D.C.

Plans for the demonstration were created just after Trump was elected president on Nov. 8. 

Steinem was a strong supporter of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

She came under fire during the primaries when she suggested that young women who supported Clinton's challenger Bernie Sanders only liked him to attract men. She later apologized for the comment.

After Trump's win, Steinem wrote in an op-ed: "We will not mourn, we will organize."

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