Millions upon millions of women and girls, and some men and boys, took part in marches around the world yesterday. It was impressive seeing the pictures and finding out the stories behind why many marched. Chicago — so near geographically and yet soooo very far politically from where I was born and raised — had so many show up the city asked organizers to hold a rally instead as the march route couldn’t support that many people.
Impressive, ladies. Very. Impressive.
Perhaps predictably, the current U.S. administration was less impressed. Actually, the response was more like anger. Why? Not so much that so many more women showed up to march in Washington DC than people for the previous day’s inauguration, but rather because journalists had the temerity to point out the huge difference between the size of crowds attending the previous administration’s inaugurals in 2009 and 2013, and last Friday’s affair. Having so many more women also show up for the marches surely was salt in the long-nursed wounded ego of our thin-skinned chief executive.
So. What now? As the title suggests, this is not a time to rest on laurels. There is much work still to be done, and I’m afraid Americans do not play the Long Game very well.