Saturday, Jan. 20 will mark Sandpoint’s second North Idaho Women’s March, a local offshoot of the Annual International Women’s March. Community members and SHS students alike are gearing up for a day of conversation and activism.
The March will begin at Sandpoint Middle School at 12:00 p.m. The rally will feature State Representative Paulette Jordan, who has announced her candidacy for the Democratic Nominee for Governor as keynote speaker. Rebecca Schroeder, candidate for CDA State Representative, Emily Strizich with Reclaim Idaho, and Kate McAlister, a previous candidate for State Representative will also speak.
Senior and Human Rights Club Vice President Emma Reed will perform a slam poem regarding women’s rights in the world alongside Human Rights Club President Soncirey Mitchell and President Elect Emma Dreier.
“I am a little nervous to give this presentation because it’s going to be in front of the community and there are going to be a lot of people there who I look up to and admire,” Reed said. “I am marching for all the women who don’t have the opportunities I’ve had in the hopes of drawing attention to the condition of women, both globally and in the United States.”
According to a public statement, the objective of the rally is to “harness the political power of women to create positive social changes for themselves and their families.”
A march throughout the streets of Sandpoint will follow the rally. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs promoting women’s and human rights. All are welcome to come and support.
“I hope this march will inspire women to run for office and to become leaders in their communities,” Reed said.