I noticed an important story missing from a few year-end lists of top news stories for 2017. The women’s march did not make it to most lists. It could be because the list makers, news writers, and news media owners are mostly men. Maybe it is because it happened at the beginning of a year filled with so many news stories.
The women’s march was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. That is a fact which can be ignored but it can not be changed and it means something. Here in St. Paul there were so many marchers that the space between the beginning and the end of the march route was filled with people. The organizers were expecting about 20K marchers but there were 100,000 of us.
“According to data collected by Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, marches held in more than 600 US cities were attended by at least 4.2 million people.” [VOX]
Many people do not realize that it did not end with the single march. The march started a movement and as a result, more women will run for office in 2018 as they did in 2017 and more of them will win.
Time magazine recognized the “Me too” movement as the person of the year. In 2018 more women are likely to come forward.
2018 is likely to be a year of change. Here in St. Paul we have a new mayor and I think he will lead some positive change in the city.
It is starting with some “out with the old” and “in with the new” as our new mayor makes his appointments. St. Paul may even become less parochial and more progressive and inclusive.
We will likely elect our first female governor in 2018 and I am excited about the number of women who are running and the choices we will have.
When I look back on 2017 I will remember it as the beginning of an era of activism change. It is even possible that the power of the women’s march has been under-estimated. If you marched you won’t forget it.