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Over the past year, the march has become a crucial hub for left-wing organizations, and a potent political force for 2018.

Francesca Dulce Larson and Shadawn Smith met at the Women’s Convention in October.

The convention, in Detroit, was organized by the team behind the Women’s March in January with the goal of bringing women around the country back together to coordinate activism and political action for 2018 and beyond. That meant speeches by female activists and politicians, panel discussions, and, sometimes, impromptu conversations. Smith and Larson arrived at one session to find out the speaker hadn’t shown up. “So a group of us just formed a circle, everybody stayed, and we had a frank conversation about race,” Larson said.

She said the purpose of the convention was to act like the center of a maze: “There’s a lot of entrances out of the center, and each one of those are the different issues that we’re tackling, and so we all kind of run in the different directions outside, and that means our voice is in more spaces.”

It was an apt description of what the Women’s March has become since January 21, 2017, the day after President Trump’s inauguration. From an event bringing together more than 2 million people around the world, it’s grown into a movement — or, perhaps more accurately, a hub for a variety of movements. Over the past year, the organizers of the original march have taken a broad-based approach, putting together events in partnership with groups focusing on racial justice, disability, and LGBTQ rights, to name a few. The result is less a unified front than a collection of organizations and individuals working for gender equality and social justice in their own ways.

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