BALTIMORE, MD — Marchers will converge in downtown Baltimore on Saturday for the 2018 Women’s March. The event is planned for midday on Saturday, Jan. 20.
The march will begin at War Memorial Plaza at 101 North Gay Street and proceed to McKeldin Square.
Last year the national march’s founder brought a throng of women to the streets of Washington, D.C., and around the country, including in Baltimore.
The 2018 Women’s March is framed around a "national voter registration tour" ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Las Vegas is the site of the main "Power to the Polls" march on Jan. 21.
Nevada is a swing state that could flip from red to blue in the November midterm elections, making it a prime place to hold the main march, organizers said. Three Democrats and two Republicans are challenging U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, in the June 2018 election. The race is considered a toss-up, and is one of several closely watched midterm election contests that could shift the balance in the Senate.
The marches kick off a national voter registration and mobilization tour targeting other swing states with a focus on registering new voters and electing more women and progressive candidates to office.
The marches also come at a watershed moment for women, who are seeking public office in record numbers in the 2018 midterm elections. Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics says that about 600 women nationwide — a record — are running for statewide and federal office in the midterms.
Women are empowered both by the #MeToo movement, which brought a trove of stories from women who said they have faced sexual assault or harassment, and outrage against President Trump, who famously said in 2005 Access Hollywood tape leaked during the 2016 campaign that he had groped women’s genitals — prompting pink hats demonstrators wore last year.
Organizers of the 2018 women’s march in Baltimore include Baltimore Rising, Baltimore Women United, BMore Indivisible, CAIR, CASA de Maryland, Emerge Maryland, Indivisible Towson, Maryland Working Families, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Together We Will Baltimore Area and Together We Will Howard County.
The women’s march in Baltimore will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. It will begin at War Memorial Plaza, 101 North Gay Street, Baltimore. The march will end at McKeldin Square on East Pratt Street.
— By Beth Dalbey and Elizabeth Janney
Photo from 2017 women’s march in Baltimore by Eilzabeth Janney.