A year later, Women's March just as relevant

Carla Harmon
January 20, 2018

The rally was to begin at 11 a.m. ET with musicians and civil rights activists gathering at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial for speeches, followed by a march to the White House at 1 p.m. ET. In Virginia's statewide races previous year, women turned out in huge numbers at the polls and on the ballots as Democrats made expected gains in state legislative races.

The first anniversary of the largest collective protest in USA history is nearly here - the Women's March, which took place on January 21, 2017, in Washington D.C. and in cities across the country.

S Signs at the 2018 Women's Marches
S Signs at the 2018 Women's Marches Getty Images

The recently published book "Together We Rise" by the Women's March organizers retells the story of the march from insiders.

Last year's march was a reaction to President Trump's Election.

We march because USA policies fail to recognize safe reproductive rights for women. We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, non-binary folks, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.

They say after D.C., thousands more women gathered locally for organizing meetings. Women's March organizers have pushed to have this year's largest march take place in Nevada, a battleground state whose votes in the 2018 midterm elections could determine what the U.S. Senate will look like.

Time calls the candidates "The Avengers", and a corresponding story by journalist Charlotte Alter explains how after marching, these women have taken politics by the reins and launched campaigns of their own.

Pictured on the cover, and highlighted in the story, are women such as Lauren Underwood, a nurse with a heart condition who says she chose to challenge Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren after he broke his promise to protect pre-existing conditions in a Republican healthcare bill, and Mai Khanh Tran, a pediatrician running for Congress in California. As well, last year's event ignited 673 "sister marches" around the world. "It is just finding that issues that we agree on right now that's so problematic", she says.

"Some may see these marches as protest, but they are being promoted as a true American act of democracy by giving voice to what issues are important in America, Oregon, Curry County and to Americans", Lawson said. "We realized how powerful this thing could be".

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