On Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March Minnesota made history.
It began a week and a half after Donald Trump’s election, when 43 women gathered in a library in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. All of them were worried about their own futures and those of the people they loved. Almost none had been politically active in the past; none had ever planned or organized a march on the scale they envisioned. Still, they wanted to send the new president a message the day after he took power: Hear Our Voice.
They had eight weeks to make it happen.
They held more meetings, and their numbers grew. Members of newly-formed committees sent emails before they went to work or late at night or when the kids were asleep or had a baby-sitter or whenever they had a spare moment. They got permits, figured out logistics, reached out to hundreds of people to volunteer as parade marshals.They estimated as many as 30,000 people might show up.
More than three times that number did.
No one who was there Jan. 21 will ever forget the sight of the ocean of marchers spreading out from the steps of the State Capitol. 100,000 people listened peacefully to music, speeches and the message that positive change is possible, that our country can and must move forward instead of backward.
Now, the movement that began with 43 women in a library has only just begun.