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Let’s Say “Women”!

I attended the Boston (Massachusetts, USA) Women’s March with my mother. She had never been to a public demonstration before.

I was surprised and a little saddened by how challenging it was to put attention on the gathering as a “women’s” event. When I heard the chant, “This is what democracy looks like,” I shouted, “Show me what the sisterhood looks like.” When I heard, “The people united will never be defeated,” I yelled, “Our sisters, united, will never be defeated.”

I started chants specific to women’s issues, like “Equal work, equal pay” and “My body, my choice.” When I heard, “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” I started the chant, “Hey hey, ho ho, misogyny has got to go.” Our collective action is not about a single man.

I was scared at first to say “women” and “sisters,” but I asked myself, ”What is wrong with these words? Isn’t this why you are here?” My mom was wonderful and backed me up [supported me] in my cheers. And I was grateful for the RC women who had shown me the importance of noticing female bodies and voices and all women being sisters.

Amy Calandrella

Western Massachusetts, USA

Reprinted from the RC e-mail discussion list for leaders of women

(Present Time 187, April 2017)


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