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.