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Young Leaders at the Women’s March

I went to the Women’s March 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. I’d decided beforehand to support and follow the leadership of young women, in particular my Global Majority niece. Prior to the march, there was a conference with workshops. My niece spoke at two of the workshops about young women activists. My sister and I attended both workshops.

It was fantastic to hear what young women are doing in their communities and what they have figured out. It was great to see my niece in action in front of a group as she talked about her life and connected with other young women. I asked a panel of young women what they wanted from older adults. They said, include us and make sure we have a space; don’t speak for us, and come to our events; stop feeling replaced—we need to do this together; we need your wisdom, and you need our wisdom.

Then the three of us marched together in downtown Nashville. We had marched together in Washington, D.C., in the 2017 Women’s March—it felt like we were making history together once again.

Betsy Hobkirk

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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

(Present Time 191, April 2018)

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