The Women's March anniversary rally that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, this year drew thousands of women in the fight for equal rights. And tagging alongside a lot of those women were young girls—daughters, nieces, neighbors—vying for the same thing.
"My dad told me that men get paid more than women."
"I want to experience being surrounded by empowering, strong women." That's what 12-year-old Vanessa from Las Vegas told me when I asked her why she came with her mom to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Sam Boyd stadium Sunday morning.
The Women's March Power to the Polls event was meant to celebrate the anniversary of the first Women's March parade in 2017 and to register people to vote in the swing state. Nevada is expected to play a big role in the midterm elections with a Republican governor slated to leave.
Danielle, 9, from Las Vegas told me that she was here to fight for equal pay.
"She's like the best woman alive to me, and knowing that she might leave is heartbreaking."
"My dad told me that men get paid more than women, so women get paid less. So that's why men have more than us. So they get more money than we do," she said.
In the crowds of "pussy hat" donning women was a child of a Salvadoran immigrant whose Temporary Protected Status is being revoked and because of that could face deportation.
"[My mom's] taught me everything," Kasandra, 16, told Circa. "She's like the best woman alive to me, and knowing that she might leave is heartbreaking." Kasandra was at the event with her stepdad and two younger sisters. Her mom was working.
That was up by the bleachers. Down on the field, among the press tent with tripods, cameras and broadcasting equipment was a girl wearing a purple dress. She was a reporter for Kids Access. She's 11.
"Sometimes people underestimate women, and I think women are very strong," Avery said.
The Women's March has become synonymous with an anti-Trump movement, or at least, part of it—with the inaugural march happening the day after his inauguration. When I asked these girls if they had a message for President Trump, most of them didn't. Two did.
"You suck," said Vanessa, taking only a beat to form her response.
"I have my rights, and you have your rights," Kasandra said. "If we just came together and talked everything out, maybe we could come to an agreement."
Politics aside, they all seemed to agree on this one thing two 3-year-olds chanted on cue from their moms:
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