It’s the eve of perhaps the biggest women’s march in American history. There is an air of defiance, of jubilation, of anger, and well, of girl power. More than 1,000,000 people have registered to march across cities to protest policies that will disproportionately impact the rights of women and girls. In Seattle alone, where I live and am marching with my daughters and others, more than 50,000 of us signed on. It promises to be an intergenerational and intersectional women’s march, and there is much we can learn from the umbrella of issues under which we all have a spot to stand.
Here are five ways -- now and over time -- we can make the most of this historic event.
1) Talk about the principles outlined by the organizers. Read here and discuss which issues you would like to stay involved in together after the march.
2) Spark a conversation about power. Go here for an hour-long activity that will help provide footing for how she defines power. Ask her how she can continue to explore power in her life after the march.
3) Talk about solidarity. In the past, many divisions have existed among women. And girls. Ask her how she sees the roots of these divisions built in the culture. Ask her what she can do about these divisions moving forward.
4) Talk about the role of men in the march. Read this and then watch for ways men who are allies show up at the march. Ask her how to create these expectations for men moving forward.
5) Ask her what she needs to feel safe and comfortable for 4-5 hours outside. Think about clothes, food and company. Dress well, pack comfort food and be inclusive.
Though I don’t think any of us can predict what’s to come, the march is an excellent way to spark ongoing political engagement in the next generation of girls. And now, more than ever, we are going to need their energy, insights and agitation.
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My blog, Power Trips, focuses on how to create a culture -- at home and in the community -- where girls are comfortable using power, and where the larger culture supports them to do so.