The simultaneous decentralization of the movement and the recalibration of power among its ranks is not a coincidence. The Women’s March is not about Trump anymore, nor is it really about pussies. Women’s March activists say they’re more focused on engaging women, communities of color, and new voters in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections. And just as each woman has her own reason for standing up—“The spark is usually a woman’s outrage,” says Bland—each locality has its own issues to champion.
Millions of women and men around the world have taken part in the #MeToo movement, sharing their experiences of sexual harassment in an attempt to show the magnitude of the problem. But the digital campaign has not been as prominent on Chinese social media until now - and even then, there haven't been as many other people stepping forward to share their experiences.
European anti-fascism movements have historically gotten a spotlight, but women from Latin America also have a strong history of resistance in the face of injustice and inequality, fighting back by joining resistance groups, writing, and spying, among other efforts. Numerous women have been punished for speaking out or for joining opposition groups that sought to depose authoritarians and install democracy, while others have been silenced, becoming part of the many oppressed voices of dissent. Women from Latin America have much to teach us about how to resist oppression and fascism.
For a long time, Peru was a standout example of gender inequality so entrenched that it was almost accepted as the norm. But since 2015, and even more so in recent weeks and months, Peru’s women are challenging that violence through social media movements that have spread like wildfire. And in many cases, these movements are emerging as the latest flagbearers for women’s rights across Latin America, and now even beyond.
“These women were well ahead of their time,” he says. In the early 20th century, women’s roles were largely limited to the domestic sphere, but around the turn of the century, women all over the nation had started pushing at those boundaries by forming tight-knit special interest social groups, which is how the Humboldt County Federation of Women’s Clubs came about in 1909.
With little faith in the state’s ability to protect them, Argentine women have been fighting back. In the last month, all eyes have been on the #MeToo movement, which was born 10 years ago, but went viral following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. But in Argentina, there is #NiUnaMenos, a grassroots movement launched by women that brought hundreds of thousands out to protest in cities across the country.