'The March Is Still On': 3rd St. Louis Women's March To Move Ahead Despite Weather Advisory | St. Louis Public Radio

'The March Is Still On': 3rd St. Louis Women's March To Move Ahead Despite Weather Advisory

Jan 18, 2019

A winter weather advisory goes into effect at midnight Friday and will last until Saturday evening, but the St. Louis Women’s March is still set to take place 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown St. Louis.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh previewed the march with two of this year’s local organizers and marchers: Lauren Kohn Davis and Heather Fleming.

“Absolutely the march is still on,” Kohn Davis said. “I think one of the important things to remember is that it's just a little cold, it's just a few flakes. One of our other organizers said it best when she said, ‘If the unhoused population in our community can deal with this daily, we can deal with it for a few hours – we’re women, come on.’ Lace up your boots. Let's get out there.”

Part of an international movement formally launched in cities around the globe the day after the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017, this weekend’s St. Louis march is the third annual event.

“The focus of this march is really taking action and doing more than just marching once a year,” Fleming said, referencing the addition of an “action fair” that will house various organizations in the community helping women. 

"'If the unhoused population in our community can deal with this daily, we can deal with it for a few hours - we're women, come on.' Lace up your boots. Let's get out there."

Kohn Davis added that the goal is to “channel inspiration” in St. Louisans – from the speeches of various speakers, to the marching and chanting alongside thousands of people, to the opportunity to connect with local nonprofits and community organizations.  

“We have a large variety of nonprofits who will be involved in the action fair that will be addressing several [issues] … foundations that support women who are escaping sex trafficking, reproductive rights, freedom for various religions, LGBTQ rights and civil rights,” Fleming said.

The gathering will begin in Aloe Park across from Union Station and will end in a plaza at the corner of Market Street and South Tucker Boulevard.

Listen to the full discussion for more details on the St. Louis Women’s March:

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Alex HeuerEvie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.