What began as liberal white feminism, organized by a cadre of white women who refused to talk about issues, such as police brutality against Black people and anti-immigrant posturing against Muslims, has — through critique and call-outs — morphed into something far more inclusive: the Women’s March on Washington has reorganized with a new leadership and released its principles and goals this week, and they're much more intersectional.
The March is a demonstration slated to take place in the country’s capital on Saturday, a day after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated, in an effort to resist the incoming presidency and the misogynism it represents.
According to the Facebook event page titled, The Women's March, it now has garnered 252,000 people who are "interested" in the event. The website states that the March is planned for all 50 states in the U.S. with "sister marches" in more than 40 other global cities and is expected to top one million participants.
With a reshuffled leadership comprised of many veteran activists that are women of colour, the March’s newly-released four-page document outlining its principles and goals indicates that it is now far more inclusive of women of all backgrounds than it was previously, including racialized women, queer and trans women, and working-class women.
“Our liberation is bound in each other’s,” the platform states, before it nods to the movements that came before it, from the Civil Rights era to Occupy Wall Street, and acknowledges iconic feminist activists from the past few decades, from Audre Lorde to Berta Caceres.
“We believe Gender Justice is Racial Justice is Economic Justice,” the document states. “We must create a society in which women, in particular women ― in particular Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, Muslim women, and queer and trans women ― are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.”
While the March’s previous lack of diversity prompted some prominent groups to pull their support for the demonstration — including the Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or NAACP — the restructuring of its leadership and stated policy platform is prompting reignited hope that it will be a valuable, united force against Trump.