January 2018 – It started as a protest in 2017 and now it’s become a movement in 2018. Tens of thousands of women and men gathered on the west side of Central Park to rally for change and empowerment at the 2018 Women’s March in New York City.

The New York City Women’s March was on of about 250 that took place around the world. Here in Manhattan, participants enthusiastically advocated  for issues ranging from healthcare access, supporting immigrants, human rights, and condemning sexual harassment in the workplace, among other timely topics.

Organized by the Women’s March Alliance, New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds carried handmade signs and many wore pink hats as a sign of solidarity.

One year after the Women’s March became the largest single day protest in United States History – more women are running for elective office than ever before at the local, state, and national levels. More women and men are joining civic action groups together as well. The Women’s March also stressed the importance of voter registration – especially for first time voters in swing states.

Giving speeches and singing songs – several celebrities with deep connections to this city were at the march to inspire people to take action. They also took to social media to show their support for the Women’s March.

The Marchers had a lot of energy and passion but were always peaceful. Any concerns about a decrease in interest for positive change from last year’s march were quickly put to rest with the massive attendance in New York City.

In New York City, 2018 promises to be an exciting year of change and renewal. 2018 will give the thought leaders and groups plenty of time to push for humanity, dignity and civil rights for all – to then return next year to reflect on the impact made and take the march to another level.