On Saturday, Jan. 20, women and men across the country are participating in the 2018 Women's March, and just like 2017's inaugural march, you can expect to see plenty of famous faces walking alongside politicians and proud feminists. But will Rose McGowan be at the 2018 Women's March? The Charmed actor is a vocal advocate of women's rights, and she spent most of last year speaking out for survivors of sexual harassment and assault in the wake of her allegations against Harvey Weinstein. (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.) She is one of the loudest voices in the #MeToo movement, and according to The Advocate, McGowan will be part of the New York Women's March. (However, at the time of publication, it's currently unclear whether she's actually in attendance.)
It seems like the march taking place in New York will be focusing on the #MeToo movement in a major way. According to The Advocate, attendees will include the founder of the movement, Tarana Burke, and The New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow, whose reporting has ensured so many women's stories were heard in the last few months. There's no doubt that these two will continue to further guide survivors to speak out against their alleged attackers, and if McGowan does appear, her speech is sure to be a memorable one as well.
While the #MeToo movement will be on many people's minds this Saturday, the 2018 Women's March is also about promoting voter registration. The importance of women heading to the polls in 2018, and again in 2020, is not lost on McGowan, who recently tweeted her support of Doraville, Georgia councilwoman Stephe Koontz who entered the political arena after last year's march. In fact, Rep. Ashley Bennett will also be among the speakers at the New York march, as will immigration rights activist Angy Rivera.
McGowan made it clear that she was done being silenced when she tweeted in October that Weinstein allegedly raped her in the '90s. (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.) Since then, she has used social media to call out anyone in Hollywood she believed was being hypocritical, and continued to support the rising movement to end the stigmatization surrounding naming powerful men who have abused their positions.
In October, McGowan gave a fiery speech at the first Women's Convention in Detroit. According to The Los Angeles Times, the activist told the crowd,
"I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned. And you know what? I'm just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in this society. And that cannot stand, and it will not stand.
We are free. We are strong. We are one massive, collective voice — that is what #RoseArmy is about. No more will we be shunted to the side. No more will we be hurt. It's time to be whole. It's time to rise."
Since then, McGowan has continued to make headlines, and on Jan. 30, she'll reveal her whole story in her upcoming book Brave. The former WB star's activism is showing no signs of slowing down. If she does speak in New York on Saturday, the crowd will likely include people who feel a little bit more courageous thanks to her.
While it's unclear if she will take the stage, she has already shown her support with a tweet, thanking those marching for "FREEDOM." And as 2018 goes on, you can expect McGowan to come out swinging against the patriarchal system that left far too many women feeling silenced for so long.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.