Pussy hats painted the streets pink and signs reading “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance” and “Nasty Women Make (Her)story)” cluttered crowds of unprecedented numbers. People of all gender identities, sexualities, ages, races, socio-economic backgrounds and inimitable stories mobilized to march together in what transcended into an international rebuke of the presidential election on Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 and the largest single-day protest in American history. The 2017 Women’s March — and its more than 670 planned evens around the world — was a powerful parade of solidarity, propelled by vows to ensure that women’s rights are recognized as human rights.
While organizers only sought a permit for gathering 200,000 in the capital last year, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority recorded about 275,000 trips as of 11 a.m. on the morning of the march — that number compares to just 193,000 ahead of Trump’s inauguration the day prior. In the president’s home, in New York City, an historic crowd of an estimated 400,000 took to the streets. And in cities around the world, from Tel Aviv to Nairobi to Berlin and beyond, protestors rallied to prove that love trumps hate.
And this year, on Jan. 21, 2018, the Women’s March organizers are again calling on thousands to join them in Las Vegas, Nevada at Sam Boyd Stadium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The event will feature singer Faith Evans and speakers such as Melissa Harris-Perry and actress Marisa Tomei, alongside activists from organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter. There, they’ll be launching this year’s agenda, #PowerToThePolls, which will kick off with a national voter registration and mobilization tour that’ll target swing states, encouraging prospective voters to register, advocate for new policies and informed candidates, and collaborate with partners to elect more women and progressives into office.
The tour is starting in Nevada because, according to the Women’s March website, the swing state “was rocked by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, recent sexual assault allegations against elected officials, and has become a battleground state that will shape the Senate in 2018.” Those interested in participating in the main event in Nevada, can register through the Women's March site here. According to the RSVP page, registration is free but closes on Jan. 23. The organizers will stop taking donations on Jan. 21, however.
The event will also be streamed live on the event website for those who can’t make it, but Women’s March organizers are expecting another impressive turnout to this year’s event, especially following Oprah’s recent Golden Globes speech.
“Oprah’s so eloquent, she could say anything, and make it sound like we should all just go do it,” Ann Scholhamer, who helped organize last year’s march and is doing so again this year, told CBS. She believes Oprah’s speech will “bring women out.”
Women and other protestors alike are already anticipated at more than 250 Women March chapter events — including marches around the world — for Saturday, Jan. 20, this year, in addition to more events planned for Sunday, Jan. 21. The Women’s March Alliance offers a full list of these events on its Facebook page, from cities small and large across the globe. There are protests planned in the far reaches of the globe, from Vancouver, Canada to New Zealand. You can also check to see your city’s events by typing in your zip code in the Anniversary Events page’s directory here.
The Washington, D.C. and New York City marches are expected to be the largest for the second year in a row. Those close to the D.C. area can find marchers lining up at 11 a.m. at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. In New York, a pre-march rally will take place at Central Park West and 61st/62nd Streets at 11:30 a.m., and the official march will follow at 12:30 p.m. from Central Park West and 72nd Street.
Dust off those pussy hats and rest your voices.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.
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