While the national Women's March has had a host of problems leading up to Saturday's event but is still happening , a Northwoods co-event has been canceled due to the weather.
The 2017 Women’s March, held the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, drew an estimated 700,000 participants in Washington and a total of approximately 4 million nationwide.
An event was planned for Saturday in Minocqua but an organizer, Judi Maloney, reports the weather is going to be too harsh..
"The Women's March of the Northwoods, scheduled for this Saturday, would have been the third march we've done in conjunction with the national march on Washington. We are a sister march for that. We made the decision to cancel the march due to predicted very cold weather and concern for the marchers..."
Judi Maloney says the marches are intended to give women and people who support them encouragement and empowerment to feel connected to each other. She says the marches are also intended to motivate women to take action. She says there's a lot of anger and apathy and the marches are seen as a way to take action in local, state and national politics.
She says local march started over lunch one day..
"...But up here, there are many of us who would have liked to have gone to that first march in Washington, or the sister-march in Madison. But due to constraints of schedules, we couldn't really do that so we're having lunch one day and we just said, 'lets have our own march!", and we did..."
Maloney says 315 marchers attended the first year. Maloney says she would like women to stay involved and get involved to do what they can to empower women and all people to get into local politics. Maloney says they look forward to having the march again next year.