“Women are the real architects of society.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
6 a.m. It’s still dark. I’m in a strange bedroom again just a block from busy Wisconsin Avenue but it’s quiet. At this very moment, six women I know from New Hampshire are on a plane out of Manchester headed here to D.C. for the Women’s March. Yesterday on Facebook I saw a post from another woman I knew in Exeter, a stay at home Mom who used to babysit my girls while I was at work. She’s on her way to march with her daughter who lives here. Another woman is probably awake by now because she left late last night on a rally bus out of Portsmouth and I’m sure the bus full of women are starting to stir as they approach the city after an uncomfortable night sleeping in their seats. She’s promised to share her bus trip stories with me.
The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community. – Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
We have reached a point in American history where it is not enough to be outraged. It is not enough to once in awhile throw up a picture of Meryl Streep on Facebook or Instagram and let someone else speak for me. We have to speak up and let our voices be heard.
Last night my sister in Rhode Island texted and told me all the people she knew who were coming, including the little girl we used to babysit who is now a grown woman in her forties. At a bonfire in Vermont I attended on New Year’s Eve I met ten women who were planning to come to the Women’s March. They are also traveling on a rally bus.
But they’re not all just coming here to the nation’s capital. They’re marching at 673 Sister Marches across the country and all over the world. As the clock ticks toward seven a.m. and I need to get up and get ready, an estimated 2,226,540 women are also putting on their walking shoes and getting ready to march for the values they cherish and the world they want to live and raise their children in.
I was at a meeting two years ago in Beijing, and I passed a bunch of women who were marching in a protest. Their signs were probably saying something I wouldn’t have agreed with at all. But I was so glad to see women marching. And it’s happening all over the world. ~ Betty Friedan
If you are also awake right now check the Sister March link above, find one near you, and JOIN US. Yes, there was a riot at one of yesterday’s protests not far from the Inaugural parade. That was an exception to the rule. There were more peaceful protests than not but that is what the media chose to focus its lens on. I expect today will be peaceful.
My friend on the rally bus just texted. She has arrived and is looking for the Metro. We are leaving the house soon. I believe the media has underestimated the number of people attending today. Last night on a CNN broadcast covering yesterday’s riot a guest speaker brought up the march and the commentator ignored the response and basically undermined the march. They are underestimating us once again. So get up on this Saturday morning, put on your sneakers, and let’s make history together. #BEBRAVE #SPEAKUP #NOWMORETHANEVER
“Others, craven-hearted, said disparagingly, that “he threw his life away,” because he resisted the government. Which way have they thrown their lives, pray?”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays