Today, we have a special report from Lesley Jane Seymour, the former editor-in-chief of More magazine and Marie Claire magazine, sharing her personal experience attending the Women’s March in New York City.
Melinda: Welcome Leslie, we're so excited to have you here talking to us about your firsthand experience at the Women's March. Tell me, just why was this march important in general, to women?Lesley: I think the most important thing about the Women’s March in New York yesterday was the solidarity that it showed around the world. I was originally going to go to D.C., but I ended up staying in New York because it’s much easier. When you look around the world, how many women turned out to voice their opposition to people who want to shut us down, who want to take away our contraception, who want us to be quiet, sit down and go away, who think that equality has already happened and we should just shut up and be quiet because there’s nothing to argue about, who don’t want to sign on for domestic-violence acts, I think there is a sense that we thought we had made this very giant leap, and the reality is we have not. The march was a gathering of voices, and there were plenty of men, lots of babies and people saying, “This is not true. We stand together.”
Everybody was concerned that there might be some kind of violence like there was in Washington during the inauguration, which was very sad to anybody who believes, like I do, you should not fight violence with violence; that makes no sense. Definitely have to keep it peaceful, and everywhere, it was peaceful. There was no violence whatsoever around the world. It was really something like about 50 or 60 marches around the world.
Melinda: Yeah, it was pretty incredible.
Lesley: We stood in these huge, long lines for hours and hours and hours. It was cold. We didn’t actually move. I can’t tell you why that is, but what was hilarious is there were marching bands. I ended up seeing about 30 people I knew. Every time a fire-department truck would go down Second Avenue, everybody started cheering the fire department, just because there was something going on. We also had a couple of female police officers with us who were really cute, who are officers, checking us and making sure everything was OK.
It was wonderful. You could see the smiles on their faces as well. It was all very positive, really beautiful. When you look at those numbers today, this morning, the New York Times ran a banner ad that said the march just in Washington was four times the size of the inaugural turnout. I think that tells you something. We are not going to be silent. We are not going to be quiet. I think, in a very strange way, what’s really interesting, I think a sleeping giant has been awakened. I have a 21-year-old daughter. She’s smart enough to know that we have not won everything we thought we had. There’s no denying that everybody’s eyes are open now, and I think this is the beginning of a movement.
Melinda: To that point, now that the march is over, what can women do to continue to make sure their voices are heard? What’s next?
Lesley: I think what’s next is go online, get into your Twitter accounts, get into your social media, stay active. There are hundreds of different groups out there that you can join, that you can be part of, from the League of Women Voters to all kinds of little, tiny groups. There is this one woman who I’m tracking who was a school teacher out in California who just started making her own little Excel list of what to do now every time that Trump does something that’s against women, and it’s called “We’re His Problem Now.” You can go even look at her. She has it on a Google Drive and she keeps adding to it. All her friends started asking her for it, and so, it became this thing that’s bigger than what she thought, just because there’s so much need.
There’re hundreds of different things. Just go online and just look for women’s issues, and you will definitely find them. Join them. Have your voice heard. This is the new ’60s. I think this is a new wave. I think you’re going to see it’s very different, very active. Not just the United States, but around the world, women are saying, “We are all united,” and it is not just Americans, and it is not just democrats. It is women across the world who are saying, “We need to make steps forward, and we are not going back.”
Melinda: Yes, well that’s awesome. Thank you so much. It was really great getting that firsthand experience, and I know that you have recently become an entrepreneur and are going to be helping with that movement through your new venture.
Lesley: Yes, come and join. It’s called coveyclub.com, and what I’m doing is I’m taking women 40-plus online to talk directly to them and work with them to find their most authentic selves and their most authentic lives. It’s nonpartisan. But how do you get out there? How do you get your voice heard? How do you help move the ball down the road? And how do we support women around the world and in the U.S. who may not have it as good as we do? There are a lot of things that still need to be done.
Come join us. We’re also right now on my Facebook page, which is called Covey on the Facebook page. I’m asking for women who are re-inventors to come fill out—there’s a little form that I have—and put your reinvention story up there to inspire other women because, as an entrepreneur, I’m going crazy, crazy, crazy by myself, and I need inspiration.
Melinda: Thanks, Lesley. We’ll look out for many more great things from you, I’m sure. And thanks so much for chatting with us and giving us this report.
Lesley: Ciao. Bye.
From suffragette Lucy Stone: "Now all we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly, and we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things."
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