Mobilized by the Women’s March on Washington in 2017 and continued by local leadership, our goal is to unite women and allies of the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts across social, cultural, religious, political, and economic identities to demand justice and equality for all women and gender-oppressed people.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the Valley Women’s March gathered in the city of Northampton. In 2020, we marched in Springfield, with the intent to bring the march to a different city or town each year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the committee will take a series of actions this January to celebrate Trump’s defeat and the progress we’ve made over the last four years while also acknowledging that the work continues under Biden and future administrations.
Although we have come to know the “Pioneer Valley” as an identifying geographical label uniting the Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties, our planning committee has dropped the the word “Pioneer” from the Valley Women’s March because the name “Pioneer Valley” is a reminder of the legacy of dispossession, removal, and subsequent erasure of our indigenous community.
Our scope includes fighting all systems of oppression which affect female-identifying and gender-oppressed people, including racism, homophobia, transphobia, income inequality, climate change denial, militarism, ableism, threats to reproductive freedom and more.
The Valley Women’s March is organized and led entirely by local activists and volunteers. In addition to the Women’s March in January, we organize rallies, marches and other events throughout out the year.