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The Women’s March on London 2019: everything you need to know

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Bread and Roses Rally | The Women's March London

The Bread & Roses women’s rally will take place in London on Saturday 19 January 2019. Here is our guide to everything you need to know about the feminist event, as well as some details on how you can get involved. 

Women of Britain, hear our cry! 

Join Stylist on Saturday 19 January 2019 as we take part in the Women’s March on London, demand ‘bread and roses’ from the patriarchy, and rally in solidarity for #WeAreChange. You can find all of the key information you need to know about the protest below.

What is the Women’s March in January 2019 about?

The 2018 Women’s March in London was a huge spectacle, with the people of Britain coming out in droves to ‘Bring the Noise’ in protest against the visit of Donald Trump to the UK, and everything that he represents. 

In 2019, the ‘Bread & Roses’ rally will replicate the defiance and celebration of previous marches and rallies by women in London and across the world, which led to thousands of people from all walks of life, faiths, communities, political beliefs and backgrounds taking to the streets of central London.

With the official date for the UK’s departure from the EU looming, this time the Women’s March on London will be in protest against austerity; “the common denominator in the rise of economic oppression, violence against women, gender pay gap, racism, fascism, institutional sexual harassment, hostile environment and Brexit.”

Why is the Women’s March called the ‘Bread and Roses’ Rally?

The Women’s March for 2019 is named after the 1912 ‘Bread and Roses’ rally, which revolutionised workers rights for women. The name is taken from a line in a speech given by American suffragette Rose Schneiderman, one of the most influential female labour union leaders, who said that “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” Via this powerful statement, Schneiderman was demanding both ‘bread,’ a metaphor for having the bare minimum, fair wages that enable workers to put food on the table, as well as ‘roses,’ to signify quality of life, brought about by having comfortable living and working conditions. 

’Bread and Roses’ therefore became widely adopted as a political slogan for the western feminist movement in the early 1900’s.

Organisers have now said that, in honour of the slogan, attendees should bring flowers to the march. 

When is the Women’s March 2019?

The Women’s March 2019 / Bread and Roses Rally will take place on Saturday 19 January 2019 in London. The event is free to attend. 

Where will the Women’s March on London for 2019 start?

Participants in the Women’s March will meet at 12pm outside the BBC headquarters at Portland Place in Marylebone, W1A 1AA. Find the location on Google Maps here.

What is the route for the Women’s March 2019?

The march will begin at the BBC headquarters and finish up at Trafalgar Square. See full route below:

Women's March Route 2019

Who can take part in the Women’s March for 2019?

The march is women-led, but participants of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, ages and physical abilities are welcome and encouraged to join.

Where can I find out more information about the Women’s March Event?

More information on the Women’s March event can be found on the official website womensmarchlondon.com

We’ll see you there!

Be sure to bookmark this page, as we will continue to update this article as new details about the Women’s March on London 2019 are released. 

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This article was originally published in December 2018 and has been updated with new information.

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Lucy Robson is an digital writer for Stylist.co.uk, who enjoys chasing trends and writing about books, film, TV and other lifestyle and feminist news.

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