Women’s March on Asheville fills downtown streets

The scene at Pack Square today. Photo by Sheila Mraz

Thousands participated in the Women’s March on Asheville today, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. According to the event’s Facebook page, its goal was for “community members [to] march peacefully to show our new administration that we stand with our families and friends for the protection of our rights, safety and health.”

A number of individuals spoke at the march, including: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer; director of philanthropy in Western North Carolina for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Nikki Harris; the Rev. Deacon Glenda McDowell; Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara; and Angelica Wind, executive director of Our VOICE.


Photos by Thomas Calder:

Photo courtesy of Valerie Naiman:







More pictures. These by Evan Anderson:


Additional photos by Michael James:


Photos of the event’s speakers, by Jeffrey DeCristofaro:


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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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25 thoughts on “Women’s March on Asheville fills downtown streets

  1. BlorkBlorkBlork

    Great images and turnout, but I wonder just how much of this will transcend into the coming days, even weeks. I get we all have to get back to work sometime and all the Tweets and pics of clever signage sure is fun – but what else precisely can be done about the incoming administration. A majority of America voted for a guy who exhibits fascist qualities. Do we just keep protesting thinking it’ll change things, or what? What’s next?

  2. Lulz

    LOL, women seem to only want equality on their terms. Well there’s a wall in DC with 58,000 names of mostly dead men. By all means ladies, feel free to be drafted and shipped off to defend your democracy. And may you end up with double the amount of names and an even bigger wall in pursuit of your rights. No sane man would or should defend a culture of such scatterbrained and literally spoiled women.

    • tondra bowers

      It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that women were allowed in combat positions. Women did what they could to contribute in times of war–worked in factories making airplanes, participated in USO shows, held social gatherings for men leaving for war, writing to combatants,etc . I agree then (1968) and I agree now, that if there is a draft again, women should also be drafted. If women had been part of combat, you would see names, but do they put womens’ names on there for being killed at an army hospital or any other position that supported the wars? Nope.

  3. Deplorable Infidel

    Did they recruit any abortion candidates today ? Keep it legal for ALL democrackkks!

  4. Edison Carter

    It was a well attended Women’s March today in Asheville: The inclement weather holding out till the end of the march. Thank you all for participating. It’s good to see and know that Asheville is still a safe and bright spot place to live and work here in the South.

  5. Deplorable Infidel

    The Mayor greatly disappoints me and is an embarrassment to the City.

    • Lulz

      Mayor is a product of the college/government trough. Most of them in boards and councils are nothing more than people connected through that system. And it’s why they find it easy to simply tax and spend without any thought of consequence or hardship they place on those that actually work.

      • Jim Johnson

        The Mayor and half of city council only serves the needs of a specific community in North Asheville. They seem to think that the rest of Appalachia doesn’t know what they are up to currently – which is why when Asheville people go to places like Madison and Haywood, they are treated like the enemy and don’t understand the hatred of Asheville people. Those people in North Asheville stir up the rest of Asheville, but they don’t ever really address the needs of the community like pay, health and pollution because the Mayor is paid off since she like money – just voices social justice rhetoric like the rest of those North Asheville people.

        • luther blissett

          The people of Madison and Haywood have been hatin’ on outsiders since the 1790s.

          But anyway, why don’t the three of you form a local club for angry old men on the wrong side of history? You’re boring us all.

  6. KD

    Ha! a rusty old jam-band (Phish) coming out of semi-retirement drew 10,000 plus to downtown Asheville back in ’09…what a sad day for the left, they really do live in a bubble/echo chamber…

  7. Jake (not from State Farm)

    Yawn……. I’d bet fewer than half actually voted in November.

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