A year after the powerful Women’s March on Washington, organizers will march again on the National Mall this month to urge women to take an active role in elections in 2018. The “March to the Polls” is planned for Saturday, Jan. 20. Organizers say the focus this year is to urge women to persist in building their political power.
Tamika D. Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, said the energy generated from last year’s march will be renewed. “Women’s March has created a powerful movement that has ignited thousands of activists and new leaders. In 2018, we must turn our work into action ahead of the midterms. This new initiative will address voter registration and voter suppression head on,” she said in a statement.
The anniversary march is set to begin at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial at 11 a.m. Jan. 20. There will be a rally with several speakers, followed by a march to the White House about 1 p.m. Sponsored by March Forward Virginia, the event is part of a series of #weekendofwomen events. Marches are planned on the same day all over the world, and a national event will be held in Las Vegas.
Scores of women attended the 2017 march the day after President Donald Trump took the oath of office. The march highlighted racial and political rifts, in addition to women’s, reproductive and LGBTQ rights.