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Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet: Poland Elucidates the Power of a Movement


Photo by Archive of Osiatyński – Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet


Many of us, myself included, unduly overlook the power of grassroots movements. On the Basis of Sex, naturally one of my favorite films, showcases a poignant exchange between Dorothy Kenyon (Kathy Bates) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones). The script reads:


Dorothy Kenyon: You want to know how I blew it, is that it? What I’d do differently? Why? You think you can change the country?


[referring to the Ruth’s daughter, Jane]


Dorothy Kenyon: You should look to her generation. They’re taking to the streets, demanding change, like we did when we fought for the vote. Our mistake was thinking we’d won. We started asking, “please”, as if civil rights were sweets to be handed out by judges.