This story was originally published on January 13, 2017, and has been updated here.
On January 20, after a campaign and transition riddled with controversy, accusations and foot-in-mouth comments, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
With him will come the possible end of the Affordable Care Act; a cabinet of political figures staunchly against reproductive and LGBTQ rights, and some serious questions about international relations.
The whole thing has gotten people pretty riled up, in particular women who fear their reproductive and civil rights are going to be wound back.
That’s why on January 21 at 10am an estimated 100,000 protestors from far and wide will travel to the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol, in Washington D.C., for the Women’s March on Washington.
Among them will be celebrities including actors Scarlett Johansson, America Ferrara, Zendaya, Amy Schumer, Constance Wu, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Paul Rudd, Questlove, Mariska Hargitay, Olivia Wilde, Lupita Nyong'o, Tracee Ellis Ross, Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, Mark Ruffalo, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Carrie Brownstein, Van Jones, Sophia Bush, Danai Gurira, Hari Nef, Ilana Glazer, Rosario Dawson, Amber Tamblyn, Tavi Gevinson, Taylor Schilling, and Patricia Arquette; singers Cher, Katy Perry, Halsey, Grimes, St. Vincent, Janelle Monae, Regina Spektor, and Maxwell; honorary co-chairs Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte, activists Angela Davis and Janet Mock, and a host of others. And as of Friday, January 20, Chrissy Teigen, too.
i was going to go to sundance to support john tomorrow but feeling compelled to support my fellow women. see you at the women's march, DC
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen)
Actresses Laverne Cox and Rowan Blanchard will be speaking at a sister march in Los Angeles.
The march, which was founded by social justice and civil rights figures across the U.S., has also partnered with groups like Planned Parenthood and the NAACP for the event.
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Many of the celebrities planning to attend have spoken out on TV and social media against Trump’s presidency.
They’ve also expressed solidarity with issues surrounding race, immigration, sexual assault, and religion.
America Ferrara, who will be chairing the celebrities' "Artist's Table" group, released a statement saying how necessary it is for Americans to band together for their voices to be heard.
"Since the election, so many fear that their voices will go unheard. As artists, women, and most importantly dedicated Americans, it is critical that we stand together in solidarity for the protection, dignity and rights of our communities. Immigrant rights, worker rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, racial justice and environmental rights are not special interests, they affect us all and should be every American’s concern.”
Celebrities unable to personally make it to the march, such as Beyonce, are expected to be engaged in one way or another. The singer expressed her solidarity in a recent Facebook post.
Chelsea Handler, who will be in Park City, Utah, will lead a women's march and a post-march rally during the Sundance Film Festival.
A large number of celebrity attendees were active supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her campaign to become the next POTUS: Amy Schumer called those against Clinton "uninformed"; Katy Perry was often vocal about being "with her" at benefit concerts and even dressed as Clinton for Halloween; and Julianne Moore not only endorsed the former First Lady during her presidential run, but used Twitter to express her pride soon after voting for her on election night.
I'm Proud 2 Support Hillary‼️
Choose who You"Believe In"& Go 🏈🏀2 The Wall.,
NO MATTER WHAT PPL THINK.💖+💪🏻pic.twitter.com/LF3PZzVKDT
— Cher (@cher)
While famous faces turning up to march has put an additional light on the event—it was gaining attention before celebs began announcing their attendance—the appearance of the Artist's Table will hopefully be an opportunity for the conversation about basic human rights to continue.
Celebrities have been using their place in the limelight to speak on issues they've cared about for decades, and marching in the nation's capitol will be no different.