The women marched to send a message, writes Judy Bolton-Fasman: “We will protect our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our souls at any cost.” Protesters gathered at Boston Common during a Women’s March Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 in Boston. The march was held in solidarity with similar events in Washington and around the nation. (Dwayne Desaulniers/AP)


At 8 a.m. this past Saturday, women took over car after car of a suburban commuter train, transforming that perfunctory downtown ride into 20 minutes of pure joy and purpose. We were headed to the Boston Common, one of the hundreds of satellite women’s marches taking place in all 50 states and 70 countries. At that moment we didn’t know that our message of love, hope and equality was about to resonate across seven continents. We only knew that we intended to reach out to each other across space and time to hold hands literally and metaphorically.

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