All over social media on Wednesday, we were reminded that women are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.
Well, most women were working on Wednesday, but those who stayed home could find adulation on social media for their action, or inaction as the case may be. But hopefully they also stumbled upon this wonderful tidbit of information from the Free Beacon: although the whole point, presumably, of the strike is equal opportunities for women in the workplace, one of the organizers behind the Women's March is a group without any women in its leadership:
The Action Network is a Washington, D.C.-based "progressive online organizing platform" that is managing the website and email lists of the Women's March. The group's work is "specifically designed to help organizers channel scattered grassroots energy into something more focused," Vox reported.
“The Women's March is a great real-world example of what we were trying to build from the beginning,” Brian Young, executive director of the Action Network, told Vox. Young said the Women's March originally began on Facebook but grew into a organizing hub with its own website.
Young is one of five men on the Action Network's board of directors. The board also includes Mark Fleischman, the president of the Action Network Fund, Douglas Land, the group's chairman, Jason Rosenbaum, the fund's director of technology, and Jeffrey Dugas, the group's special projects director.
Well, I guess we shouldn't be too shocked. It's only fitting that the leaders of Day Without a Woman would conduct their business without women. Why limit it to just one day, after all? Here's more on the Action Network from the Free Beacon:
The Action Network Fund is frequently used to mobilize protests against President Donald Trump.
The Action Network has partnered with major progressive groups, including the AFL-CIO and National Education Association. The group touts its partnership with Indivisible, a group that provides a "practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda." The group manages lists of volunteers and supporters for the Town Hall Project, a protest group founded by a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer that encourages people to show up at town halls and protest for progressive policies. The Action Network promotes Women's March events, posting maps to help activists locate marches in their area. It also has organized protests against Walmart.
In other words, these are some of those professional "outside agitators" we hear so much about.
The Action Network's patriarchy resulted in an awkward question for the Women's March spokeswoman:
"We want this to be a day where women feel empowered to take a stance on their value in the workplace and the world beyond," Women's March spokeswoman Cassady Fendlay told NBC Washington.
Fendlay did not return requests for comment asking why the Women's March is working with a progressive organizing group that does not have any women in leadership positions.
I wonder why she didn't respond? Maybe her male bosses, organizers, and funders didn't let her.