Last year, one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, over four million people took to the streets to stand for gender equality in the first-ever Women’s March. One year later, the movement is still going strong, as women (and men) prepare to protest oppression and inequality in the 2018 Women’s March.
The march is based on several guiding principles, which include ending violence against women, achieving reproductive freedom, defending LGBTQIA and civil rights, and receiving equal pay, among others.
In 2017, the movement stemmed from Washington, D.C., with marches popping up across the country and around the world. Women’s March organizers—including Bob Bland, Cassady Fendlay, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Janaye Ingram, Tamika Mallory, Paola Mendoza, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour—have kept the momentum building over the past year and put together a first anniversary event that builds on their progress. In 2018, the Women’s March founders will focus their attention on Las Vegas, Nevada, where thousands of women and allies will gather on Jan. 21, 2018, to launch a new initiative, #PowerToThePolls.
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“From the Women’s March to the Women’s Convention, we’ve seen how powerful we are when we gather together, share space, and lift each other up. Join us in Las Vegas as we prepare to take that power to the polls,” the organization’s website reads. “Together we will show this administration that women are not backing down.”
The Women’s March organizers chose Nevada because it’s both a swing state and home to a strong activist network. Plus, the state has recent experience with issues like gun violence and sexual assault, both of which are hot-button issues in the current political climate.
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Along with the event in Nevada, state-specific anniversary events will take place all across country and the world, including marches in places like New York City. Some events take place the same day (Jan. 21) while others are being hosted on Saturday, Jan. 20. Click here to find one near you.
The anniversary events hope to kick off a national voter registration and mobilization heading into the 2018 elections in the hopes of electing more women and progressive candidates to office.
Check in with your local chapter of the Women’s March to find out how you can help the cause in January and beyond.