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The morning after the inauguration of the least popular incoming president in modern history, millions boarded all manner of transportation to head to their nearest (or dearest) Women’s March. Many flew or took trains or buses to Washington, DC for the march there. Others went to cities near them.

The numbers are not in yet but there are estimates – almost all of which exceeded expectations.  Washington, DC expected 200,000. Estimates are that a half a million showed up. In New York City, the crowd was so large that for hours the march could not move appreciably for lack of space. The same thing happened in Chicago where organizers transformed the march into a rally – no space for people to march! Reports are that the same thing occurred in Los Angeles.

Portland ME police estimated this to be the largest demonstration they had ever encountered. Boston organizers think 150,000 attended there. People tweeted pictures of crowds in Denver, Nashville, Asheville, Atlanta, Sioux City, Phoenix, of a human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge. Across the nation they marched – in the rain in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and in the snow in Boise and Anchorage.

There were marches and demonstrations in all 50 states and on every continent, including Antarctica. Look at this map!
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Here are a few of my favorite images from the day starting with a sea of pink pussyhats in the nation’s capital.

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Paris put its message in lights.

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The Brits displayed their characteristic reserve. They had the best signs.

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My favorite Brit marched in New York and declared herself a New Yorker.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

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Helen Mirren posted “this is amazing!” (Instagram / @helenmirren

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A human traffic jam in Los Angeles.

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A human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge.

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In blinding snow in Anchorage.

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In Boise.

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Antarctica!

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Some awesome folks!

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They weren’t all Democrats!  Ana Navarro posted this selfie!womens_march-01-21-17-15

A note from a flight attendant who had to work to a passenger who was attending.

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The human traffic jam on NY’s 5th Avenue that lasted for hours.

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In Detroit.

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This woman tweeted that she wasn’t ovary-acting.

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 How bad is it?
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One guy we know brought his best friend along for his first day as a private citizen.

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His predecessor tweeted her support.

Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values . Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always Stronger Together.

‘Hope Not Fear’ Indeed. And what a beautiful piece by Louisa Cannell. 👊👊🏻👊🏼👊🏽✨

I stand w/ Nora Harren, a 17-year from Boise, ID, & every person marching for our values today. Onward! ✊✊🏾✊🏽✨

There are many more wonderful images of the day here and here.

Here is a report on estimated numbers and the size and scope. These numbers are expected to be revised upwards.

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On the sidelines, this day, Donald Trump attended the National Prayer Breakfast and visited CIA HQ in Langley, VA to tell them what a yuge inauguration he had (it looked like a million – a million-and-a-half people to the guy who saw imaginary thousands in Jersey City celebrating the fall of the towers)  and how spectacular the weather had been (it rained – George W. Bush struggled with a plastic poncho).  Later his Press Sec stormed into the White House press room to scold the media for telling the truth about the paltry attendance yesterday. He said this was the largest inauguration ever. Period. He took no questions and left in a huff.

The rest of the country and the free world was busy having a lovely Saturday all together.  No incidents, no arrests, and according to actress Ally Sheedy, a patrol officer told her how wonderful everyone looked.  Everyone was included – babies in strollers and seniors in wheelchairs. It was a great day in history!

Oh! And THIS!

Crossposted at Still 4 Hill.

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This article is interesting for several reasons.

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03/27/2016 Anna Kegler Creator, Feminist Messaging Project; Content Marketer, RJMetrics

To fit into male-dominated spaces, women are told to fix a lot of things: stop using “sorry” and “just” in emails, avoid vocal fry and upspeak, and “watch your tone” at all times.

But more than anything else, women are told that it’s a lack of confidence that’s really holding us back. If only we could get over imposter syndrome, and internalize our successes instead of feeling like serially lucky frauds, we’d be unstoppable.

Too bad it doesn’t work like that. There is a very real external bias against women’s competence, and nobody gets around it by being more confident. In fact, as we see through the experiences of Hillary Clinton and Melissa Harris-Perry, being more confident can result in harsh pushback when you’re pursuing leadership positions within male-dominated environments. Because how dare you.

While we’re so busy focusing on what women should and should not do, there’s a big problem going undiagnosed: entitlement syndrome. The opposite of imposter syndrome, entitlement syndrome is the problem of overconfident, mediocre white men. After I break down competence bias, I’ll get into what entitlement syndrome looks like, and what some concrete solutions might be.

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First: The odd pairing of Hillary Clinton and MHP in a header.  No comment from Hillary Clinton has ever indicated that she is aware of MHP’s existence, her show, or of the many negative remarks from MHP about her over the years. But MHP has gone after HRC enough to have made me quit watching her now-defunct show long before its demise.  More than three years ago this was the final straw for me.

When I posted this yesterday,  Hillary Clinton’s Kitten Heels Not Necessarily A Shoo-In,  it triggered a few emails from folks apparently not willing to post publicly in a comment thread  all of which took the same tone.  As if talking to a six-year-old afraid of the thunder, these presumably younger, less bitter and burnt voices assured Gen-Hillary, bitter, old Boomer me that no-no-no-no-no!  If she runs in 2016, Hillary will not experience the same nasty treatment she received in 2008, not at all!  Not with those high approval ratings!  Bill’s wife will not be treated as appendage of his now that she has blazed her own path (as if she had not already done that in the Senate before her presidential campaign).  It will be kinder, gentler campaign coverage.  Yeah, right.  And as if on cue, this.  I will let the video* speak for itself.

“Rebecca, author of “big girls don’t cry.” she is the Hillary fan I like to bring to balance out the Hillary hate that will emerge from me if i am not careful.” – Melissa Harris Perry, MSNBC, 02-03-2013

*Vodpod videos no longer available.

Noooooooo, of course they won’t trash Hillary again.  Of course not.

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At the time I originally posted this, I did not know about this article.  I have no idea how this flew below my radar in 2008.

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MHP’s imaginary relationship with Hillary Clinton has always, oddly, been based on Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind despite Hillary Clinton having very few, if any, personality traits in common with Scarlett O’Hara and MHP continually casting herself inexplicably as some variety of anti-Mammy despite her contention that Mammy is the actual brain of the O’Hara clan.  Choosing Rebecca Traister as her “pro-Hillary” foil on that broadcast was most befuddling, first because Traister was not especially pro-Hillary in her opus Big Girls Don’t Cry, and second because MHP had access to several truly pro-Hillary women among her own colleagues and connections at MSNBC at the time.

The second  reason the Huffpo article is interesting  is MHP’s claim that she lost editorial control over her show for wanting to discuss Beyonce’s Formation video.

The day after Super Bowl 2016, everybody was talking about Beyonce’s Formation in terms most amazing to me.  As someone who spent time visiting the Black Panther HQ in New Haven somewhat regularly in 1970 and 1971, it would never have entered my head to draw any kind of parallel between what Beyonce and her ensemble performed and the men and women I knew in New Haven who provided a breakfast program for kids, day care services, and after-school tutoring for school kids in a colorfully painted basement room along with a laundry list of community services for neighbors behind the walls of a sandbagged, two story clapboard house.  They did not wear black, leather, or cartridge belts. I never saw firearms or ammunition in that house, if there were any.  So references to that performance as representing Black Panther women were, to me, uninformed and misleading.  Apparently, though, that conflict with history was not the intended focus of MHP’s treatment of the video.

When I saw the movie Black Panther Woman around the middle of this month, I had planned to do a post about Kathleen Cleaver and put it on hold as other women organically came into the spotlight.  In light of this HuffPo article, now is the time – I’ll seize it.

Many know of Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information of the BPP and author of Soul on Ice.  His wife,  Kathleen Neal Cleaver, is a woman we should meet, recognize, and give her due.  She’s a very impressive person!

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The Black Panther Party

She was in charge of organizing a student conference at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. At the conference, Kathleen met the minister of information for the Black Panther Party, Eldridge Cleaver. She moved to San Francisco in November 1967 to join the Black Panther Party. Kathleen Neal and Eldridge Cleaver were married on December 27, 1967. Cleaver became the communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body. She also served as the spokesperson and press secretary. Notably, she organized the national campaign to free the Party’s minister of defense, Huey Newton, who was jailed. Kathleen Neal Cleaver was among a small group of women that were prominent in the Black Panther Party, which included Elaine Brown and Ericka Huggins.[1] In 1968 (the same year her husband ran for president on the Peace and Freedom ticket) she ran for California‘s 18th state assembly district, also as a candidate of the Peace and Freedom party. Cleaver received 2,778 votes[2] for 4.7% of the total vote, finishing third in a four-candidate race.

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Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s interview with Kathleen Cleaver, visiting professor at Cardoza School of Law.

INTERVIEWER: In retrospect, what was the Civil Rights revolution all about?

CLEAVER: By the time the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed by the United States Congress, the process of legal change and elimination of official racism was legally completed, but it was not socially completed.

The government that was interested in encouraging the end of restrictions on voting and education on the basis of race didn’t do very much on the level of changing basic attitudes. So where you have a cessation of the implementation by law of racist practices, you really have never seen any major effort on the part of the government or the larger institutions to transform attitudes. And that is where we’ve failed.

INTERVIEWER: What was it that was appealing to you about the Black Panther Party?

CLEAVER: I encountered the Black Panther Party when I was in SNCC. I had gotten involved with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee at the same time that it articulated black power as its position. I was a student in New York, and I started working in the New York office. The Black Power Movement challenged all the preconceived notions of blacks not being able to determine their own destiny. It was essentially a very nationalistic self-determination position. And what appealed to me about the Black Panther Party was that it took that position of self-determination and articulated it in a local community structure, had a program, had a platform and an implementation through the statement of how blacks should exercise community control over education, housing, business, military service.

INTERVIEWER: Why did the Panthers-SNCC coalition fall apart?

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Memories Of a Proper Girl Who Was A Panther

Kathleen’s story is testament that we do not stay where we started out.  But we stay with the struggle.

Kathleen is featured in the movie Black Panther Woman.  It is a must see!

In the days of the New Haven trials, I drove around with my homemade “Free Ericka” sticker on my car window. The point was that Ericka Huggins was unarmed and thus could not have committed the crime of which she was accused.

What MHP was planning to do with Beyonce’s video appears unrelated to the BPP and what they represented and accomplished.  That might have qualified as informative, relevant, and appropriate to  news media. But MHP never was a true member of the fourth estate, and a cable news hour is not an elective course in political theory.

It should be noted that Eldridge Cleaver ultimately endorsed Ronald Reagan and joined the LDS Church. Kathleen is a graduate of Yale U and Yale Law and a longtime professor of law. “By any means necessary” turned out, very quickly,  to be working within the system and never had anything to do with guns and ammo belts.

It is important to get the history right.  It is also important to learn from history.  Three years ago Millennials and Gen-xers emailed me condescendingly to assure me that there was no way Hillary Clinton would ever again be the target of biased, sexist media.  Maybe they thought that the revolution was over.  If those same Millennials now follow Bernie Sanders and his call to revolution, they misunderstand the nature of the American Revolution. It is never over. The American Revolution has continued for what will be 241 years next month.

It is one revolution that continues and progresses in extending equal rights to all.  It is not a new thing invented in the lifetime of 20-year olds. The American Revolution is the establishment.  It is the system. It is the way we have made progress given the right leadership – i.e.- leadership that understands how all aspects of inclusion and participation in our democracy intersect.

There are imposters and the entitled.  It is important that we discern them correctly.

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Edited to add:  And now this from HuffPo today.  Millennials and Gen-Xers needn’t bother to email me with any horse manure.  Been through this before, as I said this first time.  If you pull again what you did in Feb. 2013, I will publish the emails and your email addresses.

It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Clinton made a major policy speech yesterday.  She’s running for president of the United States.  Every time she opens her mouth – and she has a pretty mouth that says smart things that some people sometimes dislike – somebody has something to say about how she sounds.  Seems it is never “just right.”

This popped up in my newsfeed which pretty concisely packages the issue.

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I don’t know.  What does Hillary Clinton have to do to get it “just right?”  To  get anything just right? Personally, I was worried about how her poor voice would hold up, it had suffered such abuse these past weeks on the campaign trail.  It held up fine, and for my money her tenor was fine.  When Hillary gives policy speeches, she generally is calm and deliberate.  I have watched many over the past eight years since I began keeping track of her secretary of state tenure. That is her policy speech style.  I don’t even want to go into that.  Paige Lavender did the topic justice.  But what does Hillary have to do to get things “just right?”  More to the point, why does she have to?

Everybody has something to say about what she wears, how she sounds, how she looks.  Wear that yellow for the speech.  No!  Oh!  Not that awful yellow!  Be forceful!  Oh no!  Don’t yell.  Smile more!

Why can’t Hillary just be Hillary?  Why can’t the most qualified person ever to run in my life (Harry Truman began as a haberdasher – youngsters, just go google it –  I’m too tired – he was the first to run in my life) have a fair chance to spell out her plans without everybody talking about her tone, facial expression, and whatever other third element hits the windshield of the armchair quarterbacks.

When Hillary and I were in college, Marshall McLuhan (go look him up – I am tired of spoonfeeding voting age people) said the “medium is the message.”  He meant medium as print v. video.  So video is the message today, even though I still like to get my hands on transcripts and lift the passages I think are important. Video – and audio – are the whole show.

I know I am biased.  But WTF??????? What is so offensive about Hillary that Bernie’s foghorn and gesticulating, Ted’s cartoon voice, John’s bedtime story voice, and Trump’s bellowing (“Get ‘im out!”) fail to surpass in offensiveness, condescension, plain old annoyance?

Why is her wardrobe an issue?  They all look like a suit rack at the cleaners.  Why, when she puts forward the only sane. thought-out, and comprehensive plan to combat terrorism is anything other than her words and her plan an issue?

It really never entered my mind that we would have a woman president. I loved Shirley Chisholm.  She sat them all down like she was the detention teacher in the halls of Congress. Pat Schroeder gave it her best, and Gerri Ferraro made me proud coming within a margin of being a heartbeat away.  But this was never a goal.

It’s just that right now we have the best candidate I have ever seen.  She happens to be a woman with a message, a set of plans, and a way of explaining things. She’s not hard to look at, not hard to listen to, and, when you bother to listen, not hard to understand –  she explains well.

Why can’t Hillary get it just right?  Or is it that the chairs keep getting moved around while the music blares?

02-13-14-Y-02Why don’t the guys have to be pitch perfect?  Why don’t they even have to pitch it over home base, actually, as long as they throw?

Thank you Hillary Clinton for running for president when you didn’t have to.  Thank you for your plans, your brilliance, and for always being right on target while looking pretty and being your spunky and empathetic self. Your Homegirls love you!

 

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They could not drive themselves to the polls, and the women who were running were not allowed to campaign by speaking directly to men, yet voting and running in their first election ever, Saudi women scored wins.  Women candidates circumvented strict rules preventing all-in campaign rallies by tapping social media to get their platforms noticed.  Women voters, not permitted to drive, took advantage of Uber to get to the polls.

As Sir Paul says, it’s getting better.

 

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In Milestone, Saudis Elect First Women to Councils

By BEN HUBBARD DEC. 13, 2015

Saudi women cast their votes at a polling station in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in municipal elections on Saturday. Credit Ahmed Yosri/European Pressphoto Agency

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — In elections that allowed Saudi women to vote and run for office for the first time, more than a dozen women won seats on local councils in different parts of the country, officials said on Sunday.While the move was hailed by some as a new step into the public sphere by women in this religious and conservative monarchy, the local councils have limited powers and the new female members will make up less than 1 percent of the elected council members nationwide.

The participation of women in the vote was a milestone in a very gradual social shift for a country that deprives women of many basic rights, barring them from driving and from making many important decisions without the approval of a male relative.

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At least 20 Saudi women emerged victorious in Saturday’s historic local elections in which females in this religiously conservative kingdom were allowed to cast votes and run for office for the first time.

With seats on 284 municipal councils up for grabs and about 1,000 women and 7,000 men competing, females won only a small fraction of the races, according to early results. Still, local and international rights activists praised the tally as a victory for women in a fundamentalist Muslim country where they face many restrictions.

Voter turnout among women was exceptionally high.

Nearly 81% of 130,000 female registered voters cast ballots, said General Election Commission spokesman Hamad Al-Omar.

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First Female Politicians Elected In Saudi Arabia

Women candidates won in both big cities and small villages.

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi voters elected 20 women for local government seats, according to results released to The Associated Press on Sunday, a day after women voted and ran in elections for the first time in the country’s history.

The women who won hail from vastly different parts of the country, ranging from Saudi Arabia’s largest city to a small village near Islam’s holiest site.

The 20 female candidates represent just one percent of the roughly 2,100 municipal council seats up for grabs, but even limited gains are seen as a step forward for women who had previously been completely shut out of elections. Women are still not allowed to drive and are governed by guardianship laws that give men final say over aspects of their lives like marriage, travel and higher education.

 

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Lama Suleiman, pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2010, won a seat in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city.

Though there are no quotas for female council members, an additional 1,050 seats are appointed with approval by the king who could use his powers to ensure more women are represented.

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Women’s Suffrage

When and Where >>>>

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Actress Hedy Lamarr would have been 101 today.  Aside from being gorgeous and very funny (See Comrade X), Ms. Lamarr was an inventor of some very sophisticated technology!  Happy Birthday, Hedy!  Good name.  You were ahead of your time and clearly also had an especially good head!

 

Google Doodle celebrates Hedy Lamarr’s scientific legacy

Hedy Lamarr was more than just a 1940s Hollywood movie star. She was also an inventor who helped developed technologies that made Wi-Fi possible today.

by Bonnie Burton
@bonniegrrl

Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr was inspired to try to help the Allied forces win World War II.
Google Doodle on Monday is celebrating the 101st birthday of Vienna-born actress Hedy Lamarr, who won over hearts on the big screen in the 1940s in such hits as “I Take This Woman” with Spencer Tracy and “Come Live with Me” with Jimmy Stewart.

Her biggest, yet relatively unknown achievement though had more to do with wanting to help the Allied forces win World War II.

Lamarr became knowledgeable about torpedos during her first marriage to a munitions manufacturer in Europe during the 1930s. Later, during the war, she wanted to prevent remote-controlled torpedoes from being hijacked. Lamarr helped develop a version of so-called spread-spectrum communication, which would become the starting point for such technologies as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that we use today.

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Thanks to Jennifer Hall Lee for the heads up on this event in New York City!  She appears in the video that will be shown at this event.

Upcoming Event!

November 12 at 7:30 pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union in NYC
7 East 7th Street, NYC 10003 

Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix
A celebration of the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
the Women’s Suffrage Centennial
Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10039568
(I am included in the video that will be presented at the event!)
The Women’s Activism of NYC facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/womensactivism.nyc/?fref=ts

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If you have seen the 2003 Irish film, Veronica Guerin, you are aware of the dangers  journalists face operating within conflict zones.

Two years ago I read what was to be Marie Colvin’s final tweet.  She was one of very few western journalists in Homs, Syria during the February 2012 siege.  She tweeted that night that she had seen a baby die that day.  The next morning she, herself, was dead.  She had lost an eye covering a conflict in Sri Lanka in 2001.  This time she lost her life.

Only weeks ago, in Afghanistan,   Associated Press reporters Kathy Gannon and Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer were attacked.  Gannon was wounded, Niedringhaus was killed.

Today comes the sad news that yet another courageous young woman journalist has been murdered in the field.  This time it is French photojournalist Camille Lepage who has been cut down while covering fighting in the Central African Republic.

These women were passionate about what they did and worked without widespread renown, but their courage and dedication were boundless.  We regret these losses, offer condolences to their loved ones, and celebrate them and all of their cohorts for their steadfast reporting in  difficult and deadly locations and situations.

Camille Lepage was only 26 years old.  May she rest in peace.  May they all.  That includes David Bloom, who was not murdered but died valiantly covering war thoroughly and with great gusto while embedded in Iraq.  Bless them all!.

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