On Saturday, January 21, 2017, a reported 2.5 million people around the world marched in solidarity with women and the feminist community. Yet while the Women’s March certainly received its fair share of criticism and critique, the most divisive blowback didn’t spout from the shriveled mouth of Piers Morgan, but from the feminist community itself.
Many were discouraged by the initial failure of the Women’s March to place women of color in leadership roles. Others were dispirited by the March’s lack of a concrete, actionable political platform. There was also the overwhelming notion that, among the marchers themselves (many of them white, inexperienced activists), there was a failure to fully realize the intersectionality that the feminist movement so desperately needs in order to move forward.
Indeed, for every question the Women’s March answered, it posed another: Millions showed up to voice their support for women’s issues, and yet why were so many of those millions middle-aged blondes posing for friendly pictures with cops? The March amassed a wealth of press coverage, but where will that raw momentum now be directed? Mothers and daughters cried out “my body, my choice!” in unison, but were they able to engage in a political dialogue based on feminist principles afterward?