On January 21st, thousands (hopefully hundreds of thousands) will gather for the Women’s March on Washington. Solidarity rallies are being organized across the United States and Canada along a platform that espouses intersectional solidarity and a level of analysis that is often unheard of for this type of broad-based organizing.
The march will highlight the traditional and important Second Wave feminist demands such as equal pay and access to abortion. But, for the first time in a mass setting, additional demands will be proposed that include a demilitarization of the police, immigration reform that acknowledges that no one is illegal, access to clean water, ending racial profiling, and implementing alternatives to incarceration.
It may be that many who march will not be aware of all of the demands articulated by the large and diverse organizing committee. This make it even more important for socialists to recognize the tone of the demands are derived from a modern systemic and intersectional analysis. It is our responsibility to engage with others about the broader movement goals that extend far beyond a traditional feminist analysis dominated by women from white and affluent backgrounds. This is an opportunity to expand the pool of activists the movement can pull from and the communities who can be engaged with.
Long after the march is done, it is hoped that these expanded demands will set a solid foundation for a new movement that will move all women forward.