Despite low turnout, spirit of Women's March lives on
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
The third annual Women’s March took place Saturday, Jan. 19, but there are reports from across the country that the turnout wasn’t as big as the past two years.
For those who attended the march in Las Vegas, the spirit was still very much alive.
Hundreds of women marched through downtown to the Federal Courthouse holding signs, wearing t-shirts and chanting, speaking out for women’s rights and equality.
The first national Women’s March was held in 2017, sparked by outrage over comments and controversy surrounding President Trump.
In 2017, nearly five million people across the U.S. marched in protest, making it one of the largest demonstrations in the country’s history.
In 2019, it’s estimated that only around 60,000 people participated, but women in the valley say the march is still just as meaningful as the years prior.
Deja Wargo-Cole was at the march downtown, saying, “This march and this movement has spoken to me in ways that I never thought before, and just being out here with all of these influential women has made such an impact on me.”
She explained how learning about people’s different backgrounds, creeds, colors and nationalities along with their experiences keeps everyone connected.
Many are crediting the Women’s March for the strong turnout of women voters in the 2018 midterm election, which sent a record number of women into Congress.