On January 21 nearly 5 million people gathered around the globe in a historic feat of peaceful protest called the ‘Women’s March.’ It began with a woman named Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer and grandmother currently residing in Maui, Hawaii.
She reports “[I] went to bed with about 40 people coming, 40 maybes. And woke up to more than 10,000 coming and 10,000 maybes.” She soon partnered up with Bob Bland, a seasoned activist and fashion designer based in New York. In a Nov. 10 Facebook post, Bland says “ I think we should build a coalition of ALL marginalized allies + do this,” after which she proceeded to combine the efforts of multiple facebook protest pages. Under the advisement of Vanessa Wruble, editor for OkayAfrica and now campaign manager for the Women’s March, Bland recruited the help of three more activists who were to become the chairwomen of the March: Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez.