CHICAGO — After taking a planned year off, women were out en force Saturday for the 2020 Women’s March.
Thousands attended the downtown march this a focus on five issues; 2020 Census, gun violence prevention, climate justice, health care access and voting.
Cynthia Ruhaak has participated in the Women’s March since 1980. 40 years later, she says she’s still fighting for equal rights.
“Probably fighting for more because we had a more honest government in 1980 than we have now,” Ruhaak said.
The event is honoring marchers with disabilities and top female elected officials.
“Women matter. Girls matter,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “Our voices are important and we’re gonna stand up for the things we care deeply about.”
Marchers also experienced an interactive “Gallery of Issues” as they move block by block. Each block will feature organizations that engaged with marchers around the five issues noted above.
“We women need to take positions of power,” Nicolle Grasse said. “More positions of elected office so we can do things right.”
Below are elected officials who helped lead the march.
- Mayor Lori Lightfoot
- Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton
- Senator Dick Durbin
- Congresswoman Robin Kelly
- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
- Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza
- Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
- City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin
- City Clerk Anna Valencia
- Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford
The march kicked off at 11 a.m. on the corner of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard and ended at Federal Plaza.