People all over the world attended marches for the advancement of women’s rights on Jan. 20 and 21 on the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March.
The 2017 Women’s March was held in Washington D.C. following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The protest was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Worldwide, it is estimated that the various women’s marches drew almost 5 million people, according to the Women’s March website.
“The revolution starts here,” said Madonna at last year’s event. “It is the beginning of much-needed change…change that will require sacrifice, people, change that will require many of us to make different choices in our lives. But this is the hallmark of revolution. So my question to you today is, are you ready?”
This year, North Carolina’s biggest marches were held in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Asheville. Black Mountain, Burnsville and Hillsborough also held events.
“Large crowds gathered in Winston-Salem on Saturday as part of the 2018 Women’s March, one of several such events across the country,” reported Fox News 8 on their website. “Mayor Allen Joines and former Alderman Dr. Virginia Newell addressed the participants at Corpening Plaza.”
In Las Vegas, the “Women’s March: Power to the Polls” rally planned by the organizers of 2017’s Women’s March on Washington. The Power to the Polls event was held at the Sam Boyd Stadium and 17,000 people were expected to be in attendance.
“Women have beaten the odds to elect our own,” said Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, according to NPR. Richards recently announced she would be stepping down from her role at the nonprofit. “Last year we dared to hope for a better, brighter, more equal and inclusive world. And this year we’re going to go out and build it.”
The primary purpose of the rally was to draw attention to the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, and the event launched a national voter registration campaign that will tour the United States.
“The coordinated campaign will build upon Women’s March’s ongoing work uplifting the voices and campaigns of the nation’s most marginalized communities to create transformative social and political change,” said organizers on the Women’s March website.
The voter registration tour will target swing states such as Nevada to register new voters, rally support for policies and candidates and advocate to help get more women elected.
“In Alabama, Black women delivered as they always do,” said Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Women’s March, on the organization’s website. “In addition to being willing to follow and support Black women, we all must commit to fighting the systemic voter suppression laws that inhibit so many of our communities from voting. This campaign will mobilize a new group of activists to create accessible power to our voting polls.”
Around 250 cities in the United States alone participated in the 2018 march. Other issues included in this year’s protests were sexual violence, especially in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter, struggles faced by the LGBTQ community and by people of color, and reproductive rights.
“We need more women in government,” said Gail Shields Miller, 73, to PBS News Hour. “The men have been running the gov and have failed us. We have a lying party and president, it’s disgraceful. Too many people are not being represented.”