How the Women’s March Sparked a Global Movement

Plus how you can join the revolution in 2018.

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“We all thought that on January 22, we would return to the work we had been doing prior to the election. But obviously that’s not what happened,” says Sarah Sophie Flicker, a national organizer of the Women’s March, of the overwhelming outpouring that took place the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration in 2017. The event turned out to be the largest peaceful protest in history, with roughly 5 million people taking to the streets around the world.  

To mark the first-year anniversary, on January 21, the Women’s March is releasing Together We Rise. Acting as a blueprint to planning the movement, the book includes essays by activists and prominent supporters such as America Ferrera and Jill Soloway, along with photos snapped at international gatherings (cities on six continents participated that day).

“When we are talking about a women’s movement and feminism, we are talking about all women—more than 50 percent of the population,” explains Flicker of the group’s all-inclusive approach. “Our liberation is bound in each other.” 

With this in mind, proceeds from the book will go to three organizations that work closely with the Women’s March: The Gathering for Justice (challenges racial injustice within the criminal justice system), Indigenous Women Rising (protects rights for indigenous women), and SisterSong (works to fight for reproductive justice). Looking forward, Carmen Perez, executive director of The Gathering for Justice, encourages volunteers to “be high impact and low ego. The way to succeed is having a leader-full movement.”

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How You Can Join the Revolution
What are your strong skills and how can you apply those skills to the resistance? This is the question the Women’s March organizers ask of themselves and others.

For parents
There are age-appropriate ways to talk about politics, privilege, consent, and being an ally with your kids. Rallies, marches, and protests are a great way to engage young minds. Encourage them to ask their own questions.

For creatives 
Culture is powerful and can change policy. Make art that builds community and understanding.

For those with time to spare 
Volunteer. Get involved in local politics; call your representatives. Even being vocal on social media is doing something. Your voice makes it easier for others to speak up.

10 organizations to give your time and money to in 2018:

Black Lives Matter 
Council on American-Islamic Relations 
Fight for 15 
Life Camp 
The Colin Kaepernick Foundation  
GEMS  
Define American 
Indivisible
National Resources Defense Council
Higher Heights 

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Together We Rise (Dey Street Books) is out January 16. 

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue with the headline The Path of Most Resistance.

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Published on January 08, 2018 - 5:00am EST

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