The Women’s March on Washington Will be Big, and It Might Be Uncomfortable. That’s How It Should Be.
The Women’s March on Washington was the largest protest in response to a presidential inauguration in United States history. According to news reports, the protest dwarfed the actual swearing-in ceremony by a wide margin, and was overwhelmingly embraced by the establishment of public interest groups committed to resisting the Trump-Pence agenda. Groups like Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, Amnesty International, Moveon.org, and the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network came together to help organize the protest. Not surprisingly, such a large turnout resulted in some painful conversations about race taking place. Early efforts to organize were criticized for not being inclusive enough of women of color, and a New York Times article reported that calls for white women to “listen more and talk less” and to “be aware of their inherent privilege” stopped some women from attending. March organizers embraced the difficult discussions that arose rather than shying away or glossing over them. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, and co-chair of the march, saw this friction as “an opportunity to take the conversation to the deep places.” Osprey Orielle Lake, the director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, summed it up well by saying “What’s wonderful is that all these conversations are happening and it’s making people think. Just because things are challenging doesn’t mean it’s bad.” This willingness to embrace difficult conversations lies at the core of Epoch Education’s philosophy. As with any problem in life, from a leaky faucet to a disagreement with a neighbor, nothing that is ignored or skimmed over becomes resolved. It is only through respectful and thorough discourse that fences can be mended, people be brought together, and progress truly made. Read the full Sierra Club article Here