In the aftermath of the Women’s March on Jan. 21, activists are faced with a crucial dilemma: what comes next and will the spirit of the march stay alive?
First-time protester Tess Picknell, expressed her own frustrations: “How do I stay involved – how can I keep giving my support … other than just pushing the ‘like’ button on a Facebook group?”
“I don’t think it’s only about impact,” said Sarika Reddy, a Stanford senior and student-activist. Reddy believes the stronger force behind events like the Women’s March is the catharsis that activism can bring.
The official Women’s March website created a 100-Day campaign titled, “Post-March: 10 Global Actions,” and posted three of the global actions that protesters could participate in.
Millions of people around the world participated in the Women’s March, which took place just one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Women’s March participants met in cities across the world to stand united and make a statement for women’s rights and equality.
At the finish line of the San Francisco march, an elderly woman — who described herself as an “old timer” and “activist from years back” — greeted the marchers, gleefully explaining: “I’m really enjoying this and seeing the young people and their enthusiasm … It gives me hope.”