Together We Rise includes as many voices and points of view regarding the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017 as possible. It will take years, decades even, to understand what the March meant. But in the here and now, it meant something different to every person who participated.
You didn’t have to be physically present to march. Many people, for many reasons, were not able to take to the streets. But that does not mean they did not march. For those who couldn’t attend, others either marched in their name or carried signs with their names or images on them.
To anyone who still says that women can’t get along, that women don’t stand up for each other, that women don’t care about each other, well, I would recommend a trip through Together We Rise.
Like many white Americans, we were shocked and dismayed by the entire 2016 Presidential election cycle. We were appalled by the hateful and misogynistic rhetoric coming from certain quarters of the right. But, like so many with privilege, we were sure that our own version of good would prevail. We were not only painfully naive, we were catastrophically wrong.
As soon as we heard about the Women’s March, we made plans to participate. The thought of the upcoming March kept us going through those dark months from November to January. The thought of the March made the looming inauguration bearable for us. The 2016 election changed what it meant to be an American. For some it was a validation of their ideals, but for many, many, many others it was a realization that we weren’t as far from our problematic past as we had believed. And that may have been what drove so many people into the streets.