Because the Boston 2018 Women's March was not so much a march, but a gathering to galvanize, it was fitting that it took place at the Cambridge Common. Under the branches of trees that watched George Washington rally farmers to join the first American Revolution, Bostonians joined together to fight for continued equal rights.
Our much admired state senator, Elizabeth Warren, was stuck in Washington with the recent government shut down, so Attorney General Maura Healey summed up the sentiment of ongoing outrage and stubborn perseverance:
Now is the time to remember that resistance is in our DNA.. we are here today on Cambridge Common.. where George Washington gathered patriots to revolt, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached non-violent resistance, where John Kennedy and Barack Obama learned to be leaders... now is the time to embrace our history and to stand with the courage of our conviction.
A year has passed... and with unshakable faith in the ideals that sprang forth from this soil, with an unyielding commitment to act and to lead, we will take back the state legislatures across this country, the House, the Senate, and we WILL take back the White House.
Women across this country in every city, in every industry, put the world on notice: we have power, we have a voice, and we're going to use it - and for those of you who can't get on board... your time is up. We are in this together and we are unstoppable.
Although it was a smaller group than last year's 150,000, there was absolutely no shortage of passion and the energy felt more focused, the messages more directed towards specific action as women continue to gather strength and resources. As I later heard DC activist, Elise Bryan, say on CBC News,
“Trump is only the symptom of the problem - you have to be engaged, you have to be awake.
We can’t afford the luxury of despair."