New Yorkers have been demonstrating and taking the streets at least since the Draft Riots of 1863. The people’s spirit and the open spaces in the city created the option for gatherings and protests.
Some of the massive demonstrations took place in Central Park, some in smaller parks as Washington Square Park and some on the streets.
Among the large protests were the Anti-Nuclear March in 1982, which drew a million people to Central Park; 1917’s Silent Parade was one of the protests for social justice and against discrimination and violence facing African-Americans throughout the United States.
The women also took action and spoke their words on some of the largest protests that the city had known.
The largest and most recognized suffrage parade in 1915 with over 25,000 women marching up Fifth Avenue, demanding women’s right to vote.
In 1917 black women in white dresses were prominent in the front lines of a 15,000 person march in New York protesting lynchings and racial discrimination.
The Women’s Strike for Equality on August 26th, 1970 on the 50th anniversary of the Suffrage Amendment passing was organized by Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.).
Women marched to protest for unequal distribution of domestic labor nationwide, but the biggest march happened down Fifth Avenue in New York City.
In the 2017 Women’s March, 500,000 women went out on the streets to protest for gender equality.
The events mentioned above are only a small part of a long history of women’s activism in New York. During the time and up until today, women have marched and protested in regards to many more aspects, such as the right for their own body, in favor of abortions and planned parenthood, to reduce the pay gap, equal opportunity at work, etc.