By Caroline Catherman, Shivani Majmudar & Grace Rodgers
Less than three weeks before the 2020 presidential election, Chicago joined cities across the country to host an unprecedented second Women’s March in a single year. Hundreds marched to oppose the Trump Administration, including their controversial nomination to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat.
The Saturday in-person march, called “Vote. March. Dissent.”, began at the Chicago Federal Center Plaza at 11:00 a.m. Organizers asked protesters to wear face masks at all times and follow social distancing guidelines. Women’s March Chicago also hosted dozens of other rallies over the weekend, including some in Chicago’s suburbs and a virtual Zoom event.
“This is the most crucial election of our lifetime,” said Gianna Gizzi with Women’s March Illinois.
Three generations of the Schwartz women (left, Shivani Majmudar/MEDILL) and two generations of the Igoe women (right, Caroline Catherman/MEDILL) were just a couple of many families who came to march together.
“What we’re standing here for and talking about today is stuff that doesn’t just affect us, but also future generations. We stand on the shoulders of giants, of the women who came before us,” said Lindsay Schwartz.