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Women's March
Women's March

Learn about the Women's March in this English lesson

Date: Feb 17 2017

Themes: Alternative, News, Pop Culture

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense


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On January 21, 2017, millions of people all over the world marched in the streets in protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration. This collective gathering was originally supposed to happen only in the USA’s capitol city, Washington, DC. However, many people all over the world heard about it. Women, men, and children came out to march on every continent. Even a small group of scientists in Antarctica had their own march.

Some people criticized the Women’s March. They thought the people marching were being too angry, and that it was disrespectful to protest the new president. Other people also worried that the march would be dangerous and that protestors might get arrested or cause damage to public property. However, the Women’s March was non-violent. In the end, many people agreed that it was an international show of solidarity and goodness.

In Gary’s hometown, more than one hundred thousand people marched. Listen as he tells Andy about his experience.


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Gary:  Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Andy_H:  Oh, man. Me and my friends went out fishing a couple miles south… we had perfect weather.

Gary:  That’s awesome.

Andy_H:  What about you?

Gary:  I was at the Women’s March.

Andy_H:  Oh, boy.

Gary:  Really? “Oh boy?”

Andy_H:  Well, what did you accomplish?

Gary:  I think we accomplished some incredible stuff by bringing one hundred-plus thousand people together with shared values and to just celebrate all the things that we have in common.

Andy_H:  OK. Was this like a response to the election or the inauguration, or…

Gary:  It seems like it definitely was, like that was the catalyst to it. But I think what was really great was that everybody had their own approach to why they were there. It wasn’t just, “We’re here for this reason.” It was a group of people all coming together to have shared values and shared ideas, but it didn’t have to be yours or my opinion. It was just a collective will of goodness.

Andy_H:  Hmm. Hmm. I never thought of it that way. I mean, do you think you accomplished anything, or would you do it again?

Gary:  I would! And I guess I would say that there’s a lot of people talking about it, which means that something has happened. There’s a dialogue. And one of the best things was that the police forces that I’ve seen…

Andy_H:  They were beating you guys up, right?

Gary:  Oh, my goodness, they were beating everyone up with great vibes.

Andy_H:  Wait, what?

Gary:  Yeah, they were so happy, they were like, “You guys are great! There’ve been no problems. It’s been a beautiful day. This was just so easy. We were just all here celebrating with you.”

Andy_H:  Well, I’ll be darned.

Gary:  Right?

Andy_H:  All right.

Gary:  Collective good!


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Gary tells Andy that he went to the Women’s March last weekend. Andy is not sure what to think. He does not really know what the Women’s March was supposed to accomplish. He thinks it was just a reaction against the inauguration and asks Gary if he got beaten up by police while he was there.

Gary says that the inauguration was the catalyst for the March but that the event ended up being about a lot more than just protesting. It was a way for people to get together and share common values. It felt very positive and safe. In fact, the police were very nice to the protestors. In Gary’s city, they were encouraging and gave out great vibes. Andy is surprised to hear this. He had never thought of it that way before.

In your country, are people allowed to march if they do not agree with the government? Would you ever go to a protest?



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I had never joined a march, I don’t know what protestors have to do to arrange it,guess probably need to make some applications first. I would like to go to a protest for environment, object to let a heavy polluting factory build in my city.

11:47 AM Feb 19 2017 |




Slavic miracle, good day !! . This is from Internet: The women´s March  was a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues. including women´s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform.etc. etc. The rallies were aimed at Donald Trump, immediately following his inauguration as President of the United States, largely due to statements and positions attributed to him regarded by many as anti-women or otherwise offensive. 

11:05 AM Feb 19 2017 |

Slavic miracle

Russian Federation

Hi all! This is an interesting article but.. I thought that EnglishBaby is out of policy.. :)

I didn’t understand why this protest is called Women’s march if it is connected not only with women and men visited it as well?

Also I didn’t catch the main idea. It is mentioned that people are against the new president (the catalyst) but why they do it? I presume that a lot of participants didn’t suppose what this event is going to accomplish. In general they just had great vibes together.

I think that it’s old-fashioned method to share ideas and discuss values. Now you can use Internet and it works, I think.

omar saidi

omar saidi

Tanzania, United Republic Of

Not within our poor country , the Government had annoinced it isn’t allowed to do any demostration , forget about woman match otherwise the police gonna finish with u 🔗

05:48 PM Feb 18 2017 |




I don’t think procession is not a good idear

03:02 PM Feb 17 2017 |

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We don´t live in a dictatorship country anymore, people take to the streets rallying to show either  support or disapproval of government economic policies. I don´t go to a protest. 

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