We’re Still Here

This year’s Women’s March in New York was blessed with beautiful, sunny weather, after days of brutal cold. It made all of us feel as though someone was smiling down on us — more than 200,000 of us.

Last year, women were angry and stunned.  This year, it seemed, there was also lots of humor, lots of intergenerational
solidarity, lots of husbands and boyfriends, and lots of diversity. As one of the signs put it, “We’re Still Here,” and
we aren’t going away.

Marches are inspirational for the marchers. It binds like minded people together. It makes us feel powerful. This year, it became clearer than ever that women remain politically energized and active. We are engaged and focused like a
laser beam on overturning the nation’s Republican Congress in 2018. Getting out the vote is the key to that, and women are
becoming the driving force to increased voter registration.

Last year may have been the year of Trump, but 2018 may prove to be the Year of Progressive Women in Politics. To
everyone marching, it sure felt that way.

Text and Photos by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

About Eleanor Foa Dienstag (19 Articles)
Eleanor Foa Dienstag is a journalist and photojournalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, the New Republic, the New York Observer, Ms., McCall's,Travel & Leisure, Frequent Flyer, and many other websites and publications. Eleanor is the author of two nonfiction books: a memoir, "Whither Thou Goest: The Story of An Uprooted Wife," acclaimed by Business Week for its insights into corporate life; and "In Good Company: 125 Years At The Heinz Table," a unique view of a quintessential American company. Both books were promoted with national radio and television appearances. Eleanor served as staff speechwriter to the Chairman and CEO of American Express. In 1983, she founded Eleanor Foa Associates (www.eleanorfoa.com). It provides a wide variety of corporate services, including annual reports, executive speeches, corporate histories and marketing materials for profit and not-for-profit organizations. Eleanor is past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), received speechwriting awards from IABC, and was awarded literary residencies at Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). She resides in Manhattan.