Southwest Florida Women Organize to Join 'Women's March on Washington'

Jan 13, 2017

On Saturday, Jan. 21—the day after the presidential office transitions to new Commander in Chief—millions of women are set to converge on the U.S. Capitol for the Women's March on Washington. Despite the proximity to the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump, organizers say the march is not a protest of the incoming president but rather a way to focus attention on "a multitude of social justice and human rights issues."

Started as multiple "calls to action" on Facebook pages, the event has rapidly grown to include central organizers working with local leaders in cities across the country. More than 800,000 people are expected to participate in the D.C. march, as well as in more than 280 "sister marches" happening that same Saturday elsewhere around the world.

Friday at 1 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, Caroline Ridgway, the team captain for women from Southwest Florida heading to D.C., explains how she became motivated to join the march and organize women in Southwest Florida to join.

Also joining the program, and the march, is FGCU senior Jackie Burgos, who raised funds to bring herself and other FGCU students to the march. Discussing a sister march in Naples will be Jane Reilly, a journalist with the Overseas Press Club of America.