The Least the Patriarchy Can Do

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Barbara Boxer leading fellow Congresswomen to the Capitol in 1991 in hopes of delaying the Clarence Thomas nomination. Photo by Paul Hosefros/The New York Times.

The hundreds of thousands of defiant, exultant women who marched this weekend have gone home, but not for long. The change they represent continues to resonate, from this year's all-female SAG award presenters to the kick-off Monday of the World Economic Forum in Davos featuring, for the first time in 48 years, an all-femaleleadership of seven illustrious women co-chairs - and, another Davos first, three events on stopping sexual harassment. The ranks of the global economic elite remain male dominated - women make up just 21% of about 3,000 Davos participants and a paltry 6.4 % of Fortune 500 chief executives - but the future looks increasingly egalitarian: In the one group at Davos to achieve parity, half of those leaders under age 40 were women.

In the wake of the Trumpian nightmare, women are likewise at the forefront of a potentially massive shift in  political power. A new poll reports a dizzying 21-point reversal by white women who supported Trump by nine points in the last election, and who now favor Democrats by 12 points. Meanwhile, an unprecedented number of women are running for office, often to replace corrupt, incompetent or predatory good ole boys. Groups that support women candidates are booming: Emily's List has gotten 26,000 inquiries, sold out trainings and has a wait list of 500 potential candidates; Run For Something, which focuses on young first-time candidates, expected around 100 to sign up last year, but 15,000 did; VoteRunLead and She Should Run have also been inundated  

With mid-terms looming, 390 women are currently running for the House of Representatives, more than at any point in U.S. history. At least 49 women are likely to run for the Senate, 68% more than in 2014. And thousands more are running for state and local offices. Most cite similar reasons - the need to resist the horrors and havoc of the Drumpfian catastrophe - for stepping up to serve, urgently arguing not just that we can, but we must do better. Many are some pissed. The title of a new cover story for Time Magazine profiling 48 of those women captures their mood: "The Avengers."

So the march goes on. - with not just  history on our side, but terrific signs, even on our dogs. One of our favorites from the weekend hung on a sweet mellow Lab: "This has been the worst seven years of my life." Above a baby carriage holding two pugs in frilly, Ginsburg-like collars waved another: "I Dissent." So do these guys.

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