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Special Project | The week in patriarchy: International Women's Day was a rare bright spot

Thousands march at International Women Strike. Photograph: E McGregor / Pacific / Barcroft

It was a reminder that, despite all the horror, there really are so many of us ready to do the work necessary to create change.

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Friday 10 March 2018 | It was International Women’s Day this week, and despite the never-ending stream of bad news, it was heartening to see the day make such an impact in the US. It’s always struck me as a bit sad that IWD is a big deal across the world while only usually marked in America with a White House press release and a few articles compiling feminist quotes.

Maybe it’s Trump, maybe it’s feminism’s meteoric rise in cultural power - but this year was different. Women across the country went on strike against paid and unpaid labor, and women across the world marched against sexism. It was a rare moment of joy that couldn’t even be ruined by Trump tweeting out how much he respected women or the news that he promised not to defund Planned Parenthood so long as they stopped providing abortions.
Hopefully we can hold on to that optimism a little bit longer; we’re going to need it.,-R.png?w=300&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=13829fb7e57231a014152d1ed499e3c0 Jessica Valenti is a Guardian US columnist and the author of multiple books on feminism, politics and culture, and founder of Her latest book, Sex Object, was a New York Times bestseller.

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