Thursday, January 19, 2017
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s tribute to 1913 women’s march

Addressing women who’ll be heading to the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz harked back to another historic demonstration: the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade on the eve of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.

Turns out, Chang-Diaz named her firstborn Milholland (nicknamed “Mila”) after Inez Milholland, a suffragist who led the march on a white horse in the demonstration for a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

Evoking Milholland, fellow suffragist Alice Paul, and former slave and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells, Chang-Diaz told the Massachusetts marchers who gathered in Arlington for a kickoff event last Saturday, “These are who I think of when I hear the phrase ‘Make America great again.’ ”

The Jamaica Plain Democrat urged participants to keep up their activism after the march — and to put recurring appointments on their calendars as reminders to take action every month on the issues that motivated them to march.

“If there’s anyone in America who can show this kind of constancy, this kind of activism, day in, day out, month in and month out, it’s the people who make sure that the healthy lunches are packed every night, people who remember all the friends’ birthdays, people who make sure the toilets are cleaned and the budgets are balanced,” Chang-Diaz told the crowd. “Ladies, we know constancy. And this is what’s going to make America great again. So go get ’em.”