FAQs

Questions? Answers!

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, email us at boston@wmfa2017.org and we’ll be back to you as soon as we can. The website is updated regularly, so you can also check back in a day or two. Thanks!

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When is the March?

The March is Saturday, January 21, 2017.

TIME: 11am – 3pm
PROGRAM: 11am – 12noon on Boston Common
People’s Oath: 12noon
MARCH: 12:30 – 2:00pm Commonwealth Avenue
Gather: 2:00 – 3:00  on Boston Common for community building

Why January 21?

Women’s marches are taking place on Saturday, January 21, across the nation and worldwide to send a message to our leaders that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.

Where is the March taking place?

Marchers will gather on the Boston Common “Carty Parade Grounds”, located at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets. See map here. 

What’s the route and how long is it?

We are planning a 1 – 1.5 mile route from Boston Common to Commonwealth Avenue and back. We’ll be posting details and a march map in the near future to our website.

Do I need to register?

Registration is not required, but it is highly recommended. You’ll receive important up-to-date event information, and it will help us plan for crowds. Register Here  to receive weekly updates. Thanks!

Why not march in DC instead?

You can, but many of us will not be able to make it to the march in Washington, DC due to logistics and costs. But we can come together in our local communities to march for our shared values. The Women’s March website provides an international directory and statistics for all women’s marches on that day, including over 100 marches worldwide with hundreds of thousands of marchers already registered.

Can I attend the Boston Women’s March for America if I am not a woman?

Yes, everyone who believes that women’s rights are human rights is invited!  We  march in solidarity with all communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation—among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities.

Can BWMFA accommodate people with disabilities?

Yes! BWMFA is inclusive of people with disabilities in a range of ways, including, but not limited to an accessible transportation drop-off site, accessible march route and accessible seating area. Learn more about accessibility at the march here.

Can I bring a large group of people?

Yes, you can register as a group or an individual. We’d love for you to coordinate and bring a group.

If your group is traveling by bus, please note that you must register that bus in order to access the staging area. No unregistered buses will be allowed to drop-off or pick-up near the area. For more information or to register your bus, please click here.

What can I bring?

You may bring signs, banners and apparel that help you identify with your group or cause. Please note that in the interest of public safety, the City of Boston has requested no backpacks, large bags or banner/signs on wooden sticks or poles.  Instead please consider clear backpacks or plastic bags to carry your belongings. We encourage people to use cardboard sign posts or to hand carry signs. Please be respectful and follow the example set by our mission statement. Your common sense will ensure a successful experience. Keep in mind that public safety officials always reserve the right to prohibit items they feel may impact public safety.

Is it just a march or will there be a rally and speakers?

We will gather at 11am on Boston Common for a program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, thought leaders, and community activists. Program details coming soon!  Please be sure to register to receive event update details or check back often.

How can my organization be involved in BWMFA?

Go to the  Community Partners & Youth page to learn how your organization can get involved!

What happens if there is a snowstorm?

Boston weather is unpredictable in January.  If the event needs to be cancelled due to unsafe conditions, we will provide updates via email immediately if you have registered  (Register Here) and post information on Facebook, Twitter, Eventbrite and our website. Please plan to dress for winter weather.

Who can I reach out to if I want to volunteer?

The March is a 100% volunteer effort and we are grateful for the support we have received. We have filled all of our volunteer positions at this time. We invite you to come march with us on Saturday January 21st!

What happens during and after the March?

After the program on Boston Common, we’ll march along a Back Bay route in a tremendous show of unity and strength.  Those that want to return to our Program area on Boston Common for music and community building are welcome to do so until 3pm. In the days following the event, we will be in touch with ways to promote our shared goals with ongoing engagement.

Where do we park?

Check out our “Transportation” page. We strongly urge people to use public transportation. Learn more about Boston’s T and commuter rail options. If you are registered to march, we’ll also send an email a few days in advance that will provide parking suggestions and transportation updates.

Will there be food?

There will be food trucks and vendors along the March route and near the Boston Common. Please eat a good breakfast, dress for weather and bring snacks so you are prepared for the day.

How can I contact the organizers with questions?

How can I get updates?

Register here and you will receive weekly updates. It’s free.

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