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2018 is gearing up to be the Year of Women in United States politics. Record numbers of women are running for public office in national, state, and local races. Their zeal is credited, in part, to the women's marches held globally after the 2016 election of Donald Trump and the Me Too movement that has examined sexual harassment and sex discrimination under a bright light.

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Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment failed by just three states in 1982. As a result, women today are not protected equally in a number of areas, including employment, criminal justice, and healthcare. That's the message of a documentary titled Equal Means Equal, screened at the Journey Museum in Rapid City Wednesday night. Democracy in Action sponsored the film to observe Women's History Month. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

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On Saturday South Dakotans joined millions of people across the world for a one-day rally. The Women's March on Washington was established as a show of solidarity and a rallying cry that women's rights are human rights. Companion marches took place in all 50 states and across the globe.

In Rapid City, protesters filled the City Administration parking lot, marched through a few blocks of downtown, and then gathered in Memorial Park.

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Women’s Equality Day is held annually on August 26th. That’s the anniversary of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment, recognizing women’s right to vote. Fifty years later, women staged demonstrations to demand equality in education and employment. At the beginning of the 21st Century, women in Rapid City’s Democracy in Action started observing Women’s Equality Day, as they did Tuesday night at Main Street Square.

Senator Tim Johnson sat down with women from Democracy in Action on Friday during his visit to Rapid City. As SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports,  the women’s questions ranged from politics to policy and included gun control, Citizens United, banking reform, the global water crisis, fuels and energy, and veterans’ physical and mental health care.