How many miles have you put on your shoes since last year’s Women’s March?
I walked more than 17,000 steps in D.C. on that day, and I feel like we’ve been on a long distance journey ever since. Here’s what know about running a long distance run: we’ve got to pace ourselves. We need support from the crowd cheering us on. We need sustenance.
And we’ve gotten it. Politicians are paying attention. Company owners are re-examining policies. Hollywood is wearing black. We are a force to be reckoned with.
But one year later, many of the policies we marched against are being put into place. Our concerns about the leadership of the country have been proven valid as we wait for the morning Tweet to see what wound the President will rub salt in today, or who he might name call over his Mickey D’s bacon, egg and cheese.
March on we must, and our “race” isn’t without a few “personal bests.” An increasing number of women are on ballots, or will be this year across the country. The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have initiated change in workplaces across the country. Women are more politically engaged than we’ve been since the Suffragette movement of the early 1900’s.
So where do we go from here? We’re going to ask that question today during our special Blogtalk Radio Show at noon. We’re lucky enough to have two representatives from the national Women’s March effort, and North Carolina’s own Omisade Burney-Scott with SisterSong. During this valuable hour, our host and executive director Naomi Randolph will explore the distance we’ve traveled since last year and where we have to go.
If you plan on marching this weekend, this call is a great place to get fired up and start thinking about what we are now Marching for.