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Why Madison, WI?

We will not be distracted by the drama in DC. Instead we are sending a clear message to elected leaders and to our base — we are going to where the fight is, and that is at the state level. We'll start in Wisconsin, where an upcoming Supreme Court election this Spring will determine the balance of power on the State’s Supreme Court and the future of abortion rights in Wisconsin.

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IMPORTANT Madison, WI is extremely chilly during this time of the year. Please layer-up! Wear hats, gloves, scarves, etc. 

Can't get to Madison? Find a march near you on our map.


LOGISTICS

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Wisconsin State Capitol*

Rally in the Rotunda (indoors)

1 PM

*Main Entrance to Capitol – Enter from State Street side / For ADA – Enter from E. Washington Avenue side

Be prepared! Madison is COLD this time of the year. Please layer-up! Wear hats, gloves, scarves, etc.  We will be updating this page often until the march so make sure to check back! Click here or on the map for a larger image.


TRANSPORTATION

GET ON THE RALLY BUS TO MADISON!

BOOK A RIDE

Don’t see your city? Request a new Rally Point. Questions? Email info@rally.co

OR JOIN A CARPOOL. JUST GET THERE!

Sign Up to Carpool


ACCESSIBILITY

Women’s March is committed to making this March accessible. We are also dedicated to our goal of making all participants feel welcome, safe, heard, thought of, and cared for.

ADA entrance to the Capitol is from the E. Washington Avenue side. If you have any specific accessibility needs or questions please email accessibility@womensmarch.com.


MADISON INFORMATION

History of the city, please click here

For exploring things to do, restaurants, events, culture, the outdoors and more. Please click here

Hotel Options: The Madison Concourse Hotel 

General transportation:

  • Madison airport: Dane County Regional Airport

  • Buses to Madison from Chicago and Milwaukee airports and downtown locations

  • Uber and Lyft are both available in Madison

  • Public transit service is available to many communities in Dane County. Public transit and paratransit in Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, and the Town of Madison. Peak-period commuter service and specialized transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. Please click here for more info. 

  • There is limited metered parking available in downtown Madison. A map of parking garages is here.

FUN FACT In 2019, Madison was ranked #5 in the country by Wallethub in their Cities with the Best Public Transportation list.

OTHER LOCAL RECOMMENDATIONS 

Restaurants: The Green Owl Cafe* | Sookie’s Veggie Burgers | Morris Ramen | Salvatore’s Tomato Pies | Monty’s Blue Plate Diner

Parks: The Arboretum | Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Tenny Park

* A Madison favorite!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if something changes at the last minute?

Text "MARCH " to 44310 for day-of updates and march info.

How do I get there using local public transportation?

Public transit service is available to many communities in Dane County. Public transit and paratransit in Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, and the Town of Madison. Peak-period commuter service and specialized transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. Please click here for more info. 

Where can I park?

There is metered parking on many streets in the vicinity of the Capitol Square but is not adequate to handle the needs of this event. There are several parking ramps in downtown Madison. A map is available here.

What should I bring?

  • Small backpacks and bags are allowed. We recommend you fill them with water, snacks, and hand warmers.

  • A sign (signs on sticks cannot be brought into the Capitol)

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Mask (K95 preferred) & Hand sanitizer

  • Wear Layers! including hats, scarves, and glove

  • Portable phone Charger

  • Your feminist spirit, your defiance to injustice, and your demands to protect our freedoms

What should I NOT bring?

  • Any weapons, or anything that can be construed as a weapon, including pocket knives, multi-tools, mace, scissors, etc.

  • Any illegal drugs

  • Coat-hanger imagery: We do not want to accidentally reinforce the right wing talking points that self-managed abortions are dangerous, scary and harmful.

  • Handmaid’s Tale theme: The use of Handmaid's Tale imagery to characterize the controlling of women’s reproduction has proliferated, primarily by white women across the country, since the show has gained popularity. This message continues to create more fragmentation, often around race and class, because it erases the fact that Black women, undocumented women, incarcerated women, poor women and disabled women have always had their reproduction freedom controlled in this country. This is not a dystopian past or future.

What are the COVID safety measures?

Women's March takes the spread of COVID-19 seriously. Our top priority is to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe.

  • Masks: We highly recommend that attendees bring and wear their own mask (ideally an N95) at all times during the event.

  • Social distancing: We encourage social distancing at our rally and throughout the march route, we recommend that everyone remain a distance of at least 6ft apart.

  • More Information:

    • Local vaccination rates: The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to reduce COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and death rates — including related to the Delta variant. Increased vaccination coverage in a community reduces the risk of infections and the likelihood that health care capacity will be overwhelmed. Rates of vaccination coverage in Madison, WI can be found here

    • Levels of circulating virus: The CDC is tracking levels of community transmission at the county level (here), using both the number of new cases reported and the percent of tests that are positive. Communities are classified as having low, moderate, substantial, or high transmission, with greater transmission levels meaning higher risk of infection in those communities. There are separate data sets for hospitalizations and deaths. 

I can't get to the mobilization in Madison, is there one near me?

Marches are popping up across the country. Check our map often to see if there is one near you.

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We know that change doesn’t start from the top down. It starts with us, in the streets. It starts with everyday women, feminists, and allies who won’t wait for action. We take it ourselves. WE show up for US. Donate Today.