Hello you wonderful babe- and non-babe-identifying gems! Last Saturday was one of, if not the, largest single-day protests in U.S. history. An official tally has been hard to come by, partly since there were so damn many of us around the country and the globe; Women's March organizers report 673 sister marchers took place outside the Beltway. Even Antarctica got nasty!
Caroline marched in DC alongside legends like National Organization for Women prez,Terry O'Neill.
Back home, Cristen stomped through downtown Atlanta.
(Proficient-ish in Sharpie and heart stickers is a resume-worthy skill, yeah?)
How many grabbed back? Approximately a LOT.
Yes, the 'Count Me' text is legit -- hurray! But it isn't especially precise. By one rough estimate, one in every 100 Americans turned out. Crowd scientists working in the most claustrophobic STEM field determined the DC March was three times larger than the previous day's inaugural smattering. Even more incalculable: All of the feels we felt: catharsis, solidarity, joy, productive rage.
Women across India were feeling it, too. Last Saturday, thousands turned out for #IWIllGoOut marches demanding safety for women and girls in public spaces in the wake of what media reports have described as "mass molestations" and subsequent dismissal by local police and straight-up victim-blaming by home minister G. Parameshwara. In response to its shared date with the U.S.-based Women's March, Indian organizer Divya Titus told CNN, "We align with the overarching causes of marching against patriarchy and misogyny, but the context in India is very specific."
Regardless of where we live, we're gonna need this energy and inspiration for the marathon ahead. We're gonna need one another to not only engage the folks in our backyards but also to support far-flung strangers across the globe who are fighting for a social justice, security and survival just like we are.
The stakes are treacherously high, and yes we can.
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