WOMEN across the globe marched on January 21st to protest the new American president, affirm their (threatened) rights and reject the divisive rhetoric of contemporary politics. Some, dressed as suffragettes, carried placards bearing the slogan “same shit, different century”; others stated that “women’s rights are human rights” and declared that the voices of people from all backgrounds and races will be heard. Women in Geneva, like those in London, Berlin, Paris, Melbourne and Delhi, marched in solidarity with those in Washington, DC. Yet the participation of Swiss women is particularly poignant and timely; a new film exploring their struggle for suffrage—granted only in 1971—has recently premiered.
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