That this is SO HUGE the day after the inauguration, the fact that it’s not just in DC and NYC but in HUNDREDS of cities nation wide AND WORLD WIDE- is a phenomenal piece of history. This isn’t just about abortion or birth control or women’s health. This is more than just equal pay for equal work. Much of this is about opposing belittling and objectifying women. This is more than just reaction to the “pussy grabbing” recording or the “golden shower” allegations or sexual harassment charges- in fact, with crowds this large and so diverse in SO MANY cities- this is about far more than just women and women’s issues.
This many people isn’t an anomaly. Even if the vast majority of these people don’t become consistently active and committed, there are just too too many of them that will, for this not to become a movement.
Trump claimed his election was part of a “movement.” Which one? The “birther” movement? The Tea Party? The “Alt-Right?”
The establishment should be scared. Racists should be scared. Privileged straight white males who responded to Trumps pandering to fear and anger, may now actually have something to fear.
Is this the Occupy movement, begun in the 2000’s? Is this Obama’s movement, started in 2008? Is it Bernie Sander’s movement, begun in 2016? Is this a Women’s movement? None of that is quite clear.
What IS clear is that unlike the Tea Party movement, this truly is grass-roots, bottom-up, rather than something bankrolled by billionaires, top-down.
Nothing like this has been seen before in the United States, even at the heights of the anti-Vietnam war and pro civil rights movements. Hundreds of thousands in hundreds of cities simultaneously, peacefully. This is historic.
Millions of young people, yes especially young women and yes especially young women of color, but MILLIONS of young people are initiating their political awareness and political involvement today. This is the death knell of the predominance of rich white conservative males in America. This will mark a sea-change.
Historians take note. Journalists get a clue. Demagogues with aspirations of tyranny take warning.