Hundreds of thousands of women have gathered in the nation’s capital one day after President Trump’s inauguration for the Women’s March on Washington. Alyssa Leader of West Monroe is one of those who will be in attendance. She says they will deliver a clear message to the new administration.
“We don’t stand for sexism, and not only that we don’t stand for racism. We don’t stand for people making fun of individuals with disabilities or immigrants,” Leader said.
Leader says all of the men and women participating in the march are doing so for different reasons. She says some people are concerned about their immigration status, while others worry about losing their healthcare. She says as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, for her, this is personal.
“To see somebody elected to the White House that does have a history of having these accusations, has a history of speaking poorly about women, it’s very concerning for me that that excuses violence against women,” Leader said.
Leader says she’s looking forward to this opportunity to stand in solidarity with women and men from around the country.
There are also marches in Baton Rouge and New Orleans today.