Women’s March Ohio EMPOWER upholds the unity principles of the Women’s March Ohio platform. Our goal is to provide young people with the tools needed to create high school and college chapters that guide students in making a positive impact in their communities. We believe that the single most powerful act we can do is prepare young people with the skills and commitments to take actions around causes that matter to them with courage, compassion and collaboration.


I started my journey to activism in January 2017 when Trump got elected. I decided that even though I was a child I still had to create change. So I went to the Women’s march in Washington with my older sister, and I continue to advocate in my community soon after. After that I organized a Muslim Ban Protest with my peers, and that really lifted up my activism. Because it allowed me to gain support from teachers and leaders around me. So I created an organization called Parachute.That April Parachute also had another protest, against Betsy Devos at Rob Portmans office. In the summer Amnesty International asked me if I wanted to create a Student Chapter and I ended up creating one for my high school! We had a student demonstration rally for building education during the month of September. And in October we had an open- mic for Puerto Rico, so we could raise money and send it to them. In November we had a school Phone-a-thon to talk to our senators about the importance of DACA. This past month we have participated in the student walkout and March For Our Lives.


Kaleab is a senior at William Mason High School. Passionate about youth engagement and voting, Kaleab works as the Power To The Polls lead for the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER group and was one of the #ENOUGH national organizers. Kaleab has grown up believing that every person has the power to change the systems of injustice and wrong that they encounter in their lives. Kaleab, as an immigrant and POC, holds intersectionality and the importance of looking at people through multi-lens views an important part of his work. He hopes to someday be a U.S. Senator.


Xavier is a 5th 10 year old grader at Blacklick Elementary school in Gahanna, Ohio. Xavier's interest includes basketball, baseball and playing and creating video games. Xavier gets involved in his community by capturing moments through photo and video of marches, movements and resistance gatherings.


Milan is a 10 year old 5th grader at Georgian Heights Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio. Milan has a passion for performing arts and was cast in The Wiz, Once On This Island, and most recently The Color Purple. Art for Milan is a form of activism and she continues her advocacy in cultural expressions for social justice.


“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Civil Rights

We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Worker’s Rights

We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.

Immigrant Rights

Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin. We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.

Environmental Justice

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.

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We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.

Ending Violence

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.


We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.

Reproductive Rights

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.

Disability Rights

We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.

Bringing All People Together

Building the Foundation for Social Progress

Women’s March Ohio is a women-led organization that brought together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds across Ohio and onward to our nation’s capital on January 21, 2017, to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination for the largest march in United States History.

Recognizing that women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues, we have outlined a representative vision for a government that is based on the principles of liberty and justice for all. As Dr. King said, “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

We have turned a moment in history into a movement recognizing our liberation is bound to each other. Women’s March Ohio will continue to build the foundation for social progress for generations.





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