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The She Party

Will the women’s marches morph into a movement that grabs Trump by the midterms?

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“I knew there was something different about me, but I didn’t…realize I was gay.”

BY 9.30 A.M., THOUSANDS HAD CROWDED INTO a parking lot—mostly women in pussy hats, hoisting signs with mordant slogans, like “Grab ’em by the midterms,” or “What Oprah said.” It was late January, and they had created their own Themyscira on the outskirts of Las Vegas, a city better known for gambling and nightlife than feminism.

Kelley Tucky, a 54-year-old lifelong Republican, was one of those women. A year ago, she might not have shown up for something like this. In 2016, she “voted her conscience” in the presidential election, casting her ballot for Hillary Clinton. But when Donald Trump won, Tucky was willing to give him a chance. She sat out last year’s Women’s March, while millions flooded the streets, lambasting the new president and calling for his removal. “I was of the mindset that any change causes consternation,” Tucky says. “I wanted to give it a little time to see if things settled down. 2017 was the opposite of settling down.”

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