Fault Lines at the National Women’s March, in Las Vegas

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The New Yorker


In December, the national Women’s March announced that it had chosen Las Vegas, not Washington, D.C., as the site of its first-anniversary rally—a voter-registration event that the organizers were calling Power to the Polls. To those who know the city as the home of the original Rat Pack, the erstwhile fiefdom of the Mafia, and the setting for “The Hangover,” it seemed like an unlikely choice. Some speculated that the march needed a city with lots of hotel rooms. In an early press release, the organizers clarified that they had a specific rationale. Las Vegas is experiencing the country’s pains in an especially acute way. The city was the site of the worst mass shooting in modern history, when, in October, Stephen Paddock opened fire from the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay, killing fifty-eight people and injuring nearly five hundred others. Last month, after being accused of sexual misconduct by two women, Congressman Ruben Kihuen, a Democrat, said that he would not seek reëlection. Nevada, a swing state, will also be a battleground state in the 2018 midterms, with a gubernatorial election, four House races, and a chance to oust the state’s Republican senator, Dean Heller.


Women's Studies