23 Jan, 17 | by BMJ
Did the Women’s March on Washington, across the US, and in major cities around the world have anything to do with medical care? Yes and no.
I’ve lived and worked in Washington, DC for more than 30 years, and I’ve seen a lot of demonstrations, and participated in a fair number as well. But I’ve never seen a demonstration quite like the Women’s March that was held the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Much of the media attention before the march was on the celebrities that were planning to attend. And they were there—bold faced names like Scarlett Johansen and Katy Perry, Senators and Congresswomen, and numerous celebrities whose names I am too old to recognise. But because the permit was for an area that was much too small for the crowd that showed up, the vast majority of the approximately half million women, men, and children never saw or heard most—perhaps any—of the 4-hour program. more…