The Women's March, a moment that saw 3 million people in 600 marches across all 7 continents take action together, happened one year ago. For many, this was the first moment of civic engagement. For others, it was another among a long list of moments of disruption; which is what made the March so powerful - a unified front despite many differences.
A Peace First staff member reflected that "The March was highly intersectional. That is what the March symbolized in my eyes — an opportunity to bridge manmade divides and seek a greater understanding." Despite a range of age, race, gender, sexuality, background and more, the overwhelming sentiment was one of togetherness and compassion for each other.
4 generations with ages spanning 16 - 70's+ ... we came from CapeCod, LES, LIC, Chinatown, East Village, Brooklyn...Irish, Colombian, Dominican, Dutch, Swiss, English, Chinese, Jewish, Black, Brazilian...we slept 4 hours, went peacefully and proudly for over 12 hours, and we wake ready. #womansmarchonwashington #womensmarch
Peace First Fellow, Jasmine Babers, went on to say "Seeing such solidarity and love in a time of fear and uncertainty, not only inspired me, but fueled me to continue the work I do with women and girls. Since that moment, we have shifted the way we reached our followers. My magazine has begun to include more about equality and social justice. We started a project with our local city halls to combat sexual harassment and violence against women in our communities, we are organizing a Women's March in our community this year and we are focused on building girls to be leaders, activists, organizers and as always, peacemakers."
The Women's March was an historic moment and the last year has seen people run with the feelings of hope and empowerment they found there to really begin making a difference. In fact, the organizers of the Women's March has formed a coalition of nonprofits to create EMPOWER, a campaign and curriculum that provides the tools and resources for young people to begin engaging with their community.