Women Need to March on for Peace

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

by Nancy Parrish

The 2017 Women’s March was a worldwide phenomena of women coming together to express our collective outrage over the surge in misogynist, xenophobic and hate-filled patriarchal political movements around the globe. “Enough is enough!” was the sentiment, and it felt new and invigorating and empowering to come together as women and allies to women and raise our collective voices in support of each other and the values we hold dear.

But this type of action by women is not new: 57 years ago today, the Women Strike for Peace march planted the seeds that have blossomed into today’s women’s movement.

Founded by feminist icons Bella Abzug and Dagmar Wilson, Women Strike for Peace (WSP) was originally created to pressure the United States and Soviet Union to cease all nuclear weapons testing. Driven by the discovery that Strontium-90, a radioactive isotope produced as a result of nuclear fission, had begun showing up in human breast milk and cow milk, WSP was able to frame its opposition to nuclear weapons testing as a motherhood issue and largely diffuse accusations of being unpatriotic.