On the anniversary of the largest single day protest in American history, the organizers of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington gathered in Las Vegas to roll out the next phase of the movement. This year, it’s all about the ballot box. Forecasters are already pointing to factors that suggest 2018 will be a wave election, but if the women behind last year’s worldwide demonstrations have anything to do with it, it will be more like a tsunami. Women’s March Inc. is determined to register one million people before this year’s midterm elections. With that goal in mind, they had volunteers stationed throughout the crowd with clipboards signing demonstrators up to vote.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, this year’s Women’s March anniversary event in Las Vegas took on a new resonance for some marchers. In the parking lot before the event, these demonstrators put the finishing touches on signs about sexual consent.
Saturday’s tailgate party at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium – home to the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Rebels – was a touch less raucous than when the football team plays.
Vegas was chosen, according to Women’s March Inc. co-president Bob Bland, because Nevada is a swing state, is hosting two competitive 2018 races (for Senate and governor), home to thousands of Salvadorans at risk of losing their temporary protected status and was, earlier this year, the site of the largest massacre in modern U.S. history.
Protesters at Sam Boyd Stadium note how our country is starting to resemble dystopian television shows.
Some demonstrators seized the moment to send a sex-positive message.
Even little kids took to the streets to protest GOP policy.
Protesters packed Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium – capacity 36,800 – for Sunday’s rally.
Madison Cooper, 25 and Lyndsey Cooper, 30, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, put a new spin on the Mary Poppins classic.
Cher showed up to applaud the marchers. “This is one of the worst times in our history, and that’s why I honestly believe that women are going to be the ones who fix it,” Cher said. “If you want a job done right, get a woman.”
Some men came out in solidarity – even though it was the NFL playoffs.
Protesters take a break during the rally.
Many women took the march as an opportunity to shine a light on sex worker rights.
Weeks after the Golden Globes, Oprah’s acceptance speech was still resonating with protesters at Women’s March: Power to the Polls.
This protester put a twenty-first century spin on a classic sentiment.
Protesters used the hashtag #MMIW to spotlight the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
This protester bolstered some Beyoncé lyrics with the subtle addition, “F U Trump.”
Women draped themselves in capes celebrating Yonis, or the word for the vagina as a divine symbol in the Hindu religion.