While these are perilous times for practically anyone who is not Jeff Bezos, the rise of women over the past two years is reason for optimism. Women all over the world, from Saudi Arabia to India and South Africa, have come out bravely to fight for equality and justice, often in unprecedented ways.
Even more reason for optimism is the solidarity that women in different countries have shown each other in their various but connected struggles. Just two examples:
As “the second sex” took to the streets in Argentina for abortion rights, they were cheered on by their sisters and feminist brothers around the world, from Berlin to Rome and Dublin. Kurdish women freedom fighters sent a beautiful video expressing their support. (See socialism.com/statement/sisterhood-is-global-feminist-solidarity-across-the-hemispheres.)
The assassination of Afro-Brazilian feminist and human rights champion Marielle Franco, during which her driver was also killed, called forth a storm of protest across the globe — in New York City, Paris, Melbourne, and more.
We can partly thank President Trump for this upsurge in sisterhood, which exploded the day after his inauguration with something like seven million people marching internationally for women’s rights. This is a trend with the potential to change the world. Let’s keep it growing in 2019!