The Women's March on Washington, along with it's sister marches all over the globe, was more successful than anyone could have imagined. It broke all records as the largest protest march in all of history, with at least half a million in DC alone and nearly 3 million nationwide. Some estimates are even higher than that. And it took place on all seven continents around the world, including Antarctica of all places. Yes, really. And it was a highly diverse crowd of mostly Women (and male allies).
The peaceful protest march, which took place the day after the innauseation--er, inauguration--of Donald Trump, also boasts another great statistic:
ZERO ARRESTS. Of course, the vast majority of participants were
Women. Contrast that to the over 200 arrests the previous day, nearly
all of whom were men. Even though the protests during the inauguration
were mostly peaceful, that really says something. And I am not
surprised, as Women are far less likely to commit acts of violence,
vandalism, or rioting than men, especially political violence.
Of course, going forward, much more needs to be done as well. A day or two
of protesting, while good, is clearly far from enough. Women, along with
their male allies, need to continue to resist Der Trumpenfuehrer and
his racist, misogynistic, xenophopbic, homophobic, plutocratic,
right-wing authoritarian agenda. Sustained protests and direct action
by Women did work to remove the corrupt Silvio Berlusconi from power in
Italy, after all. This particular march may have ended, but now is NOT
the time to abandon our efforts! Failure is simply not an option
anymore considering what is at stake these days.
VIVE LA FEMME! VIVE LE DIFFERENCE!