Moving from Outrage to Solidarity and Policy Advances

Christine Emba writes:

One year ago, 24 hours after the inauguration of President Trump, more than 2.5 million women and their allies turned out to express their disapproval at Women’s Marches across the country and around the world….

But it’s 2018 now, and we’ve learned something along the way: Outrage is not enough.

The impact of the original Women’s March remains real and significant. With the emergence of grass-roots networks around the country, activism has flourished and women are organizing. They are running for offices large and small, and the number of women in Congress has reached an all-time high. “Indivisible” and similar movements helped to stymie destructive legislation such as the proposed Affordable Care Act repeal…

But not all women have shared in this progress equally….

Yes, today there are more women seeking office, but the renewed interest in politics has not yet changed the lived reality for most. More than 1 in 8 U.S. women still live in poverty, and looming legislation aims to chip away at the policies that lend them support. More women are dying of pregnancy-related complications here than in any other developed country, and the rate is rising. Black women are especially at risk….

This should be a year for deliberate solidarity with women of color, with underpaid workers, with disenfranchised voters and with mothers who need help. When it comes to issues such as racial disparity, economic inequality and a shrinking social safety net, unfocused anger is not enough.