By Logan Bogert and Aya DrioucheWASHINGTON – On the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March, thousands of women and their allies took to the streets of D.C. on Saturday to make a statement—march to the polls in November.
Capital News Service
“March on the Polls,” the theme of the follow-up demonstration to what some have called the largest single-day protest in U.S. history, featured speakers including U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, state Delegate. Kelly Convirs-Fowler of Virginia Beach and Chris Carson, President of the League of Women Voters.
One year ago, millions of women and the men and children that have their backs marched to send the message that women deserve to be heard, women deserve to be respected, women deserve to lead (Kaine told the crowd).
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also addressed the gathering. She urged women to show up not only the day of the march “but in town halls.”
Speakers urged women to get involved politically. It was a message epitomized by Convirs-Fowler, who defeated Republican incumbent Ron Villanueva to become one of the first Asian-American women elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Last year I marched, then I ran—then I won (Convirs-Fowler said).
Saturday’s demonstration began in front of the Lincoln Memorial and marched to the White House. While much smaller than the 2017 Women’s March, thousands still participated. Many demonstrators displayed signs with messages like “The Blue Wave is Here” and “I’m With Her.”
The attendees included Hanover resident and Virginia Commonwealth University alumna Susan Stokes. She said it was important to march:
so we can all understand that we are large in number and that we’re not fighting the fight alone, and we can accomplish things when we stick together.
In addition to the anniversary march in D.C., sister marches were held in cities across the country. The official 2018 Women’s March will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday.
D.C. resident Amanda Quemore said the demonstrations represented:
a collective movement of people coming together saying we need to do better, and we need to work together.
I think marches are a first good start (Quemore said). But I do think there needs to be some better organization around the issues so that way we can make sure that action is actually taken.
Alexis Wing of Boston, who also participated in last year’s march, was upbeat as she returned to Washington on Saturday.
There were a lot more people last year because last year, (the official march) was in D.C. (Wing said). This year, it feels great to be back out here with a bunch of other badass women.