It’s fair to say that 2017 was a tumultuous year for women in America. First there was the reality of a political agenda that seemed hell-bent on stripping women of their rights and choices, which gave way to acts of resistance and moments of unity like the Women’s March. Not much later, in the wake of damning allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, the #MeToo movement took shape. And as we approach the first anniversary of the historic march, women are still angry and scared, though nonetheless determined to continue to fight for change.
Women’s March board co-president Tamika Mallory told USA Today that the organization’s focus is now on voter registration and getting females elected.
This year, march organizers hope to move the focus away from pink pussy hats and a demonstration of how much support they have. Tamika Mallory, co-chair of last year’s historic protest and co-president of the Women’s March board, told USA Today the organization is now zeroing in on voter registration and getting females elected.
For example, on January 21, (the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March), Power to the Polls, a voter-registration initiative meant to get tangible results by electing more women and progressive candidates to all levels of government, will launch in Las Vegas. “We thought that Power to the Polls was an important next step that would give us the opportunity to work on a grassroots level with partners and individuals who are committed for the long haul,” Mallory explained.
The new initiative is launching alongside marches taking place in cities all over the country this weekend, from Washington D.C. to New York City and everywhere in between.
“The Women’s March has provided an opportunity for women to understand our collective power and to understand that the more public we are, the more we have an opportunity to bring our issues to the forefront,” Mallory said.
So while there’s no right way to empower and hold up the boss babes around you, at the very least, you should register to vote. And maybe even get into politics to change things yourself, you nasty woman, you.
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