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Gloria Steinem’s Partnership With The Women’s March Is A Match Made In Feminist Heaven

Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will also co-chair the rally in Washington.

12/29/2016 11:16 am ET
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Writer and activist Gloria Steinem attends the "Make Equality Reality" event in Beverly Hills on Nov. 3, 2014.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will serve as honorary co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, she announced Wednesday on Instagram.

The march to promote women’s rights, challenge racism and encourage inclusivity will take place in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office. 

The 82-year-old activist and writer will be co-chairing the event with civil rights activist and singer Harry Belafonte, organizers announced. Steinem said she was proud to participate in a statement on Wednesday:

I am proud to be one of thousands who will come to Washington to make clear that we will keep working for a democracy in which we are linked as human beings, not ranked by race or gender or class or any other label.

Proud to announce my role as honorary co-chair of the Women's March on Washington. See you there?

A photo posted by Gloria Steinem (@gloriasteinem) on

Over 157,000 people have pledged to join the march, according to the event’s Facebook page, and nearly 100 sister marches are planned in solidarity across the United States, parts of Europe and New Zealand.

According to the event’s mission statement:

The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

Steinem has been a vocal proponent of human rights for decades, helping to establish the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971, protesting against South African apartheid in 1984 and co-founding Choice USA, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting reproductive choice.

The march has over 70 partners, including Planned Parenthood, the NAACP and Amnesty International.

“Donald Trump’s administration is a nightmare being manifested into an administration,” organizer Linda Sarsour said during a press call earlier this month. “It’s important we women show we are not afraid.”

The march will begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 21 near the U.S. Capitol at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW.

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