As one of the messages said: ‘This is a Beginning.’ It is, for certain. The inauguration of Donald Trump has galvanised so many to stand up and be counted, literally. The 500,000 strong Women’s March on Washington on January 21st spawned so many others, including York’s ‘Sister March’ beginning at St Michael le Belfrey Church at 12 noon under cloudy skies, then moving along Low Petergate, Parliament Street and Coney Street. They were the 500. A banner with the slogan ‘Build Bridges Not Walls’ had been draped across Ouse Bridge by Global Justice Now the day before, and the march featured placards such as ‘Girls just want to have fun-damental Human Rights,’ and ‘Women Power.’ A busker sang (of course) and the event organiser, Cindy Cambell, reminded everyone that the day was about more than the new President: saying that although some had been roused by this election, “some have been fighting for a lifetime for equality.”
The election has served as the catalyst for the gathering, but it is a call for equal rights and greater diversity.
I couldn’t help reflecting that while our M.P, Rachel Maskell, was present and gave a rousing speech, Teresa May plans not to bring up the subject of women’s rights when she meets Donald Trump next week. As Rachael said, “There is one man in the White House and one million women marching.” Soon there will be one woman, too. I hope she uses her power to speak her mind.