As I understand it, this march signifies a peripheral expression of unity for the diversity of women across America, and no doubt a rebuke towards President-elect Trump’s effrontery of females throughout the course of his campaign. There is some irony to this momentous occasion that warrants more clarification in order to exemplify this unity though.
Notwithstanding, I do sense that it remains largely an abreaction to the reviling temperament of Trump’s persona which in spite of an overwhelming white female voter support, the outwardly notion of this march seems to offer a sort of vindication to that end. If so then this would be grossly insufficient.
I say this because this march seemingly serves to distract us, especially when the repeal of the Affordable Care Act threatens to turn back the clock on a few fundamental women’s rights issues. More pointedly the right not to be charged higher premiums because you are a woman, which apparently to republicans is a pre-existing condition. I believe Frederick Douglass said it best in a speech he was invited to participate in for the First Women’s Rights Convention in upstate NY…
In respect to political rights, we hold woman to be justly entitled to all we claim for man. We go farther, and express our conviction that all political rights which it is expedient for man to exercise, it is equally so for women. All that distinguishes man as an intelligent and accountable being, is equally true of woman; and if that government is only just which governs by the free consent of the governed, there can be no reason in the world for denying to woman the exercise of the elective franchise, or a hand in making and administering the laws of the land. Our doctrine is, that “Right is of no sex.”
Yeah! I know right.
But history shows patterns of these fleeting moments of unification which hamper and delay progress and do little to address and proffer corrective action. While Frederick Douglass went on to found the American Equal Rights Association along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in 1868 for more than just simply suffrage, it ended 3 years later due to a lack of unity, specifically between African Americans rights activists and women’s rights activists. Ah, history actually repeating itself.
I only hope that with some clairvoyance and a little evolution on our side we could actually get pass the tribal notions found in the details and draw on the bigger picture, together in arms and genuinely smile for the sake of humanity.