2020 Women's March organizers focus on electoral process

Hadas Kuznits
January 17, 2020 - 11:03 am
A general view during the 2017 Women's March in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The fourth annual Women's March on Philadelphia is happening on Saturday, and organizers say this it's just as important as the previous three, if not more so.

Nikki Bagby says, with the most important election of her lifetime approaching later this year, now is the time to mobilize people to participate in the electoral process.

"The seat is next year, but this is the time to move people out to vote, to teach them to vote, to teach them to run for office. It is important," said Bagby, a co-organizer of the march. 

She says, now is the time to figure out where the candidates stand, including those lower down on the ticket with less name recognition.

"It's not that you're just going to the booth and you're going to vote for a party that you think may be beneficial to someone. You have to personally look at these candidates, and if you don't understand, you need to be educated," Bagby said.

"It is 100 years that they're celebrating the sufferage. Every woman wasn't included in that, but we know it started that," Bagby said.

The march will kick off from Logan Square at 10 a.m. This year's theme is "Year of the Woman."

Protesters will travel to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where there will be many speakers.

"And this year's messages will cover topics like missing and exploited women and children, hate crimes, gun violence, voting, climate control, poverty, intersectionality, sexual trafficking. We're going to talk about people leading."

She says equality depends on women being in decision-making positions, and there will be more women in positions of power when more women apply for them.

"How is this person going to be selective of what I need in my life every day? And if they aren't, why not let me do this? Maybe the person is not the right person? Maybe it's my job to be elected. Maybe it's my job to rally people up?"

Bagby said, when it comes to women's rights, this year's march is just as important as the previous three.

"We are talking about impeachment. Women are still not in the rightful places when it comes to making policy changes and leading CEO positions and having things that we rightfully deserve. We need an administration in there that will stand for the rights of women, that will move for change for women that we can walk alongside of."