As Donald Trump takes the oath and becomes president of the United States on January 20th, 2017, people of color, the transgender community, immigrants, and women plan to come together in intersectional protest with the Women’s March.
In efforts to save women’s rights, which are also human’s rights, there will be an estimate of over 200,000 people marching across the country.
With such massive protests under way, people have established the hashtag #WhyIMarch to define why they are coming out against the new president.
Celebrities have been criticized for being out of touch, or not representing the “right” issues, but this march is something many agree is worth fighting for.
Famous figures with a large following can change the direction of the conversation.
The celebrities are aware of their power and are taking advantage of it in order to bring awareness to human rights.
According to BuzzFeed News, National organizer Bob Bland confirmed that Latina actress America Ferrera will chair the Artists’ Committee for the Women’s March on Washington.
The march’s artist table is diverse and ranges from different ages and ethnicities.
It’s also not a surprise to point out that most of the protesting celebs were active supporters of Hillary Clinton. Zendaya, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry, Amy Shumer, Lena Dunham, and Maxwell are a few artists on the artists’ table.
Ferrera spoke about the table in a statement,
“Since the election, so many fear that their voices will go unheard” “As artists, women, and most importantly dedicated Americans, it is critical that we stand together in solidarity for the protection, dignity, and rights of our communities.” “Immigrant rights, worker rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, racial justice and environmental rights are not special interests. They affect us all and should be every American’s concern.”
America Ferrera is ready to fight with her fellow Americans by her side!
The GOP’s supposed plan to defund Planned Parenthood was enough for Scarlett Johansson to participate in the march. Johansson is an ardent advocate of Planned Parenthood and said that she is marching to get her voice heard, “make my voice heard and stand up for what I believe in.”
Chelsea Handler is amongst the artists who will not attend the march on Washington but will participate in the sister march; She will be leading the march in Park City, Utah.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) January 17, 2017
You can bet boss Zendaya to be at the march.
Talib Kweli encourages everyone to be active!
For all of those who follow Lena Dunham, you know that she was a die-hard Clinton supporter.
In honor of the women’s march and to raise awareness on the effects of eliminating planned parenthood, the artists’ table created this short film.
This is the little-known history behind America's most famous health care provider – a short film I created with @mindykaling, @harinef, @amyschumer, @tessamaethompson, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, @andrewrannells, Constance Wu, @americaferrera, @thesheertruth, @jackantonoff, @hereisgina, JJ Abrams and many more geniuses. Animation by @kirstenlepore. Written by @alexronan. See the full film at Facebook/NowThisHer #IStandWithPP
Actresses from Orange is the New Black are also expected to participate in the march; Uzo Aduba, Lea DeLaria, Diane Guerrero, Margo Jefferson, Hari Nef, and Constance Wu.
Not only will we see Hollywood’s finest actors and actresses, but we can expect there to be musical performances by Janelle Monae, Maxwell, and Angelique Kidjo. Monae said in a statement,
“I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and equality to all. Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing together, our voices will be stronger than any force that tries to repress us.”
Maxwell is a firm believer in equality and has been actively encouraging others to join on Twitter.
— MAXWELL (@_MAXWELL_) January 18, 2017
In a statement he said,
“We are here because women are every bit as capable if not more able to pursue any goal they set forth for themselves. Were it not for the limitless depths of their love we would not be the men that we are.”
Beyonce, is also expected to attend the march which is expected to draw attention to thousands to Washington. In a statement on Facebook, she said,
If you still are not sure what the purpose of the march is, it’s not too late to find out. Check here and find where you stand.
President-elect Donald Trump messed with the wrong group of people, I hope he is ready. We are stronger than ever as we unite together to make a difference.
Check out the full list of celebrities and artists who will be attending the Women’s March here.