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Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Women’s March

This Saturday, the Bread & Roses Women’s March will take place in central London. Marches will be taking place all over the world, with people from all walks of life, faiths, political beliefs and communities taking to the streets of their home country. Don’t panic if you don’t know what it’s all about or how to get stuck in – here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Women’s March.

When is the Women’s March 2019?
The march will be taking place on Saturday 19th January. The rally will start at 12 pm outside the BBC headquarters at Portland Place, W1W 1AA.

What does ‘Bread and Roses’ mean?
This year’s theme is ‘Bread and Roses’, which is taken from the name of the 1912 March, fronted by Rose Schneider, which revolutionized workers’ rights for women.

A factory fire took place in 1911, which resulted in 146 garment industry workers (mainly women) dying. Following this awful event, Rose Schneider, polish born American suffragette, delivered an inspiring speech where she said ‘The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.’ What she meant by this was that we, as women, need to demand both ‘bread’, the bare minimum to put food on the table, as well as ‘roses’, to signify a fruitful, quality of life as opposed to just ‘surviving.’

‘Bread and Roses’ is now a popular political slogan and has been adopted for this year’s theme.


Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters, lead an estimated 20,000 supporters in a women’s suffrage march on New York’s Fifth Ave. in 1915 .


What do I need to bring?

Roses! Or any sort of flowers you can find! We’ve heard that some people are dressing up, with flower crowns from the genius Rebel Rebel florists (Beyoncé’s floral headdress!)

Can I donate to the Women’s March?

The Women’s March are hoping to raise £5,000 to bring Bread and Roses to London on 19th January. They want women who are fighting against injustice, racism and patriarchy to be heard loud and clear.

Any additional money raised will be reinvested back into the women’s movement – a movement which Women’s March London is apart of. I

What is the route?

From Portland Place, everyone will walk down towards Regent Street and the end destination will be Trafalgar square. The march is expected to finish around 3pm.

What is the aim?

The march takes aim at the UK government’s austerity programme of cuts to the welfare state and public services. “[Austerity] is the common denominator in the rise of economic oppression, violence against women, gender pay gap, racism, fascism, institutional sexual harassment, hostile environment and Brexit,” say the rally organisers. They are demanding Prosperity, not Austerity.

Who can join the March?

People of all genders, race, identities, ages, faith and no faith can join the rally.

On the day

Use #WeAreChange on your social channels as a fight towards unity and solidarity.

We’ll be there – and I hope you’ll join us!

Be sure to tweet us at @the_female_lead

London England, Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images