by Jen Trudell, Recovering Finance Attorney, the University of Chicago Law School ‘03
I am writing this from a hotel room in northern Virginia the night before the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president. Instead of watching the inauguration, I will probably go to the hotel gym. I have never watched an inauguration, and besides, that is not why I came all the way from Chicago. I am here for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday.
Early this week a coworker asked me, with genuine curiosity, whether I thought marching would result in any policy changes. “Of course not”, I responded without pause. “Then why bother?” And that was a good question. 200,000 or 2,000,000 people could show up in D.C on Saturday to march and rally, and it will not change anything in Washington. Why bother coming all this way to do something that will be ignored (or, at most, tweeted about; SAD!) by our new president? I have thought about it and here are my two reasons: