Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 02 February 2023

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The Forgetting of Million Woman March

Zhao Guan * 1
1 School of Society, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215123, China

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Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 163-168
Published 02 February 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Zhao Guan. The Forgetting of Million Woman March. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 163-168.


Million Woman March was one of the largest feminist movements in American history taking place in Philadelphia in October 1997. The origins of Million Woman March date back to the 1960s as its organizers tried to resolve issues that had not been addressed at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black have long lived under the harsh crackdown on crime, and were considered a threat to social security. And Black women suffered violence and even murder caused by the crack cocaine. However, the organizers did not gain enough support, the participants did not have a unified goal of struggle. The lack of a strong leadership structure and a specific goal, and the absence of follow-up efforts which bring about positive impact is the main reason why the march is almost entirely forgotten.


Human rights, Million woman march, Specific goals, Leadership structure


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