When Women's Voices Rise

When Women's Voices Rise

In this roundtable we bring together The Mantle's all-female editorial staff (Aria Chiodo, Corrie Hulse, & Marie Lamensch) to discuss the current state of the women's movement, particularly in the U.S., but also around the world. The main question we have focused on is: how have women's voices been silenced or amplified within resistance movements?

Moderator's Introduction

Corrie Hulse

Corrie is The Mantle's Managing Editor. You can email her at corrie [at] themantle.net.

Formerly The Mantle's International Affairs Editor, Corrie specializes in matters of civilian protection and human security - specifically the Responsibility to Protect - her writing tackles the complicated intersection of politics and humanity.

Follow her on Twitter @corrie_hulse

With the anniversary of the Women’s March, we are taking a moment to look back at a year of resistance, and honestly, a lifetime of resistance from the women who came before us. As we look forward to what are sure to be years of continued struggle, let us take moment to learn from those who have stood on the front lines. This roundtable brings together The Mantle's all-female editorial staff to discuss women's voices throughout history, but also specifically over the last year--where have we made strides, and where is there still more work to be done. It was my pleasure as Managing Editor to both moderate and also be a participant in this roundtable, and I hope it sparks even more discussion.

 

Part of our 'When Women's Voices Rise' Roundtable discussion

Part of our 'When Women's Voices Rise' Roundtable discussion

Moderator's Conclusion

These roundtable essays, for all of us I believe, were difficult to write. There are so many directions one could go when speaking about women's voices in the resistance. So many stories to tell, so many issues to focus on, how do you even know where to begin? I appreciate that each writer here brought their own passions to the discussion, as Marie wrote of the difficult battle of being a woman in the national security sector, and Aria focused in on our histories and indigenous cultures. Yet, at the same time there were a few themes that emerged throughout the essays. 

The first theme was the importance of understanding the role our history has played in creating the world we live in today. The battles we are fighting against Trump, the rampant sexual harassment and sexual assault in our countries, did not simply appear last November. These things are a product of our histories, and in order to defeat them we must understand their roots. Each of the authors gave great suggestions for further reading on the history of women's rights and women's movements, and I would encourage you to seek out those texts. 

The second theme that runs through these essays, and also through the entirety of this current women's movement, is the concept of intersectionality. It has been important to the Women's March and also to the #MeToo movement that they include a diversity of voices. That everyone speaks, from the powerful to the meek, white and black, Asian and hispanic. It is not always easy to achieve intersectionality, and there have been bumps along the road, but I am encouraged by the level of determination to continue to strive for it among each new movement that pops up.

Lastly, this fight is not close to over. As each writer noted, women must be prepared to keep fighting, keep persisting. We are in this for the long haul. I hope this roundtable sparked in you the desire to learn more, participate more, and get out there and make your voice heard.