The Women’s March is set for January 2019, but will that be too late?

Women’s March

As 2018 enters its home stretch, the Women’s March has revealed its next national protest. The Women’s March is coming Jan. 19, 2019. And it might be two months too late.

The Women’s March unveiled the date on Saturday and shared a website for the 2019 march, stressing that women are “outraged,” “organized,” and ready to “march again.” This time around, the Women’s March is using the #WomensWave hashtag in order to promote the event. The hashtag references the “women’s wave” expected for the 2018 midterm elections, where, like the Democratic “blue wave,” political analysts expect Democratic voters to bring dozens of women into office amid ongoing controversy about women’s treatment by the Trump administration and its allies.

ne of the biggest election cycles of President Donald Trump’s administration is just a few months away, and women see the 2018 midterms as a referendum vote against the president. So why is the Women’s March waiting until January for its next national protest? Twitter users quickly pointed out that the women’s wave will either be a success or a failure by then, and with the midterms still on the way, mobilizing voters now should be a greater priority than choosing a date that falls in line with last year’s march.

It’s easy to understand why the Women’s March chose January 2019 for its next national protest. For one, organizing takes time, energy, and a lot of preparation. Protesters are much more likely to come out for a regular annual event that happens once every January than a spontaneous pre-election protest, too. The Women’s March is probably banking on the fact that the women’s wave will be a success, so instead of protesting in November, the march wants to use that post-win high to encourage women to stay politically active as 2020 pushes forward.

On paper, all those ideas make sense. But they aren’t necessarily what women need right now. It’s Oct. 1, and women are hurting over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and Dr. Ford’s testimony. Women feel retraumatized again and again by the news cycle, and they need female politicians who understand them and fight for them. Yes, women are outraged, organized, and ready to march, but most women feel like they’re sitting on their hands and waiting for a moment to cry out and act. For many women, the difference between abortion remaining legal and being outlawed is Nov. 6, 2018, and that means January is too far away. We need to march right here, right now. Source

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