Celebrate Women January 17 & 18 in Saugatuck/Douglas with the Fourth Annual Women’s March

January will mark the fourth annual Women’s March, an event created to harness the power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Home to numerous women business owners, city officials and community members, Saugatuck/Douglas is proud to be hosting the fourth annual Saugatuck/Douglas Area Women’s March, January 18, 2020.

Inspired by the previous three years’ marches, the cities of Saugatuck and Douglas are coming together on January 17 & 18 to celebrate women with special events and speakers leading up to the march.

On Friday, January 17th, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts will be screening “Knock Down the House,” a Netflix original documentary featuring four women building a political movement against all odds.

Saturday morning, January 18th before the march, a new collaborative, community-wide event called “Meet Me in Douglas” will take place in downtown Douglas shops and restaurants where women and men can come together to network, exchange ideas and explore options and issues particularly relevant to women. This event will include keynote speakers, brunches, a pop-up art exhibition and networking opportunities, all leading up to the march. See the weekend’s schedule of events below:

Friday, January 17:

6 p.m. – Voter registration and pre-screening poster making at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

7 p.m. – FREE screening of “Knock Down the House” at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Post film:  post-screening poster making at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Saturday, January 18:

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Meet Me in Douglas” Schedule:

  • Women’s Business: Merchants will be extending hours and support by opening early, offering solidarity and by spotlighting women in business and/or products made by women. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • HERstory: a pop-up exhibition of local women leaders, local social change, highlighting women business owners.
  • Pre-March intention-setting service: Douglas United Church of Christ will be hosting their third-annual intention-setting service at noon, featuring the Persisterhood Choir and lots of strong female voices. Open to all!
  • Toast to Tenacity: Restaurants in downtown Douglas host brunches featuring keynote speakers. 11 – 12:30 a.m.
    • Dr. Laurie Birkholz, MD speaks on “Gender Bias in Healthcare: An Informal Conversation,” at 10 a.m. at Borrowed Time
    • Susan Elizabeth Fleming speaks on “How we Heal” at 10 a.m. at Everyday People Cafe
    • Glenna DeJong, Ph.D. will speak on “It’s not a movement if everyone is just sitting: Inspiring Women, Inspiring Women,” at 11 a.m. at Alley’s Classic American Diner & Bowl
  • Fire Circle: March participants will gather at Beery Field in downtown Douglas around fire pits to network and prepare for the march. Noon – 1 p.m.
    • Elizabeth Welch to speak at 1 p.m. at Beery Field
    • Lavora Barnes to speak at 1:10 p.m. at Beery Field

Click here for speaker biographies.

1:20 p.m. – Saugatuck/Douglas Women’s March

The march begins in Beery Field in downtown Douglas and will end at Coast 236 in downtown Saugatuck. This march will provide an opportunity for women and men who are interested in affecting positive change the opportunity to express themselves, network and discuss issues with like-minded individuals in a mutually supportive environment. Click here to download the march route.

Visit Saugtuck.com/stay/ to plan your trip for the 2020 Saugatuck/Douglas Women’s March.


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