If the Women Are United

Women’s History Month is giving way to a springtime of global protests. On the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City, which helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, we acknowledge those who gathered together just a few blocks away from the site of that labor, and human, tragedy for the March 8th 2017 International Women’s Strike.

"Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. 

Arundhati Roy, War Talk (2003)

"All collective undertakings require trust. From the games that children play to complex social institutions, humans cannot work together unless they suspend their suspicion of one another. One person holds the rope, another jumps. One person steadies the ladder, another climbs. Why? In part because we hope for reciprocity, but in part from what is clearly a natural propensity to work in cooperation to collective advantage."

Tony Judt, Ill Fares the Land (2010)

"Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse.

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)