In its third iteration on a frigid day, Boston’s march for women drew several thousand people Saturday, a much smaller crowd than the first march the day after President Trump’s inauguration.
The official national leaders of the Women’s March Inc. remain embroiled in controversy over their inability to distance themselves from claims of anti-Semitism. Though Boston’s organizers, called March Forward Massachusetts, operate independently of the national leaders, they were mindful of the mood, emphasizing “radical inclusivity” and inviting speakers who denounced racism, anti-Semitism, even ableism, discrimination in favor of able-bodied people.
The crowd also celebrated women’s historic wins in the midterm elections, fueled by the energy and activism that drove the marches from the start. Representative Ayanna Pressley invited all the women who had run for office to join her on stage, celebrating “women who answered the call to run, to serve, who didn’t ask permission to lead, who didn’t wait their turn.”
“What we put in and what we saw play out in 2018 was work. And we’re still putting in that work,” Pressley said. “And we are just getting started.”
The Globe asked participants, many of whom were first-time marchers, what motivated them to join the third march.