Tethered to the tenets of radical progressivism, the Women's March continues to walk further from its successful demonstration last January and closer to total obscurity.
The organization announced this week that it will be embarking on an 18-mile journey from National Rifle Association headquarters in Northern Virginia to the Department of Justice in Washington, all in protest of recent advertisement videos released by the NRA. Absent from its lengthy announcement of the upcoming demonstration was any specific focus on women.
Committed to the principles of "intersectionality," the Women's March believes the interests of all oppressed demographics overlap and must be given attention by any entity seeking to liberate any group. This philosophy has guided the organization since its inception, but was given less attention in the coverage surrounding its successful march after Trump's inauguration given that the event was billed primarily as a defense of women.
Which makes sense, because the group is literally called the Women's March.
But now, the Women's March has become the Progressives Against the NRA March. On International Women's Day, it was the Radical Anti-Capitalists March.
Thus, what started as a vehicle for women's activism, managing somehow to galvanize the broad spectrum of people off-put by Donald Trump's perceived record of sexism, has devolved into a vehicle for general progressive activism, appealing to far fewer potential supporters.
If you're a feminist, even an intersectional one, that should feel like a loss. No women's organization has accomplished in years what the Women's March did after Trump's inauguration. For that, they probably have Trump to thank more than the demonstration's organizers, but after the march in January, the contemporary women's movement had in its possession a powerful new tool to advance its interests.
They just couldn't help themselves from veering Left.
The evolution of the Women's March is reflective of the contemporary feminist movement's struggle to capture mainstream support. Dominated by unapologetic ideological radicals, it's uncomfortable for nonpartisan, centrist, or conservative women to associate themselves with the feminist label. Feminists know that — they just don't care.
The feminist movement insists time after time that a feminist is simply someone who believes in the fundamental equality of men and women. No more, no less. Anyone who implies otherwise is barraged with smug condescension. But if they themselves are the arbiters of the definition, a feminist is necessarily an intersectional progressive. There is no way around that.
The Women's March could have wielded power over policies on issues ranging from sexual assault to paid family leave to contraception. I would have disagreed with their advocacy on almost every occasion, but at least they would have been using their influence to actually attempt to represent the interests of women. That is the very ambition so many women from the center and from the center-Left appreciated in the post-inaugural protest held earlier this year. But in just over half a year, the Women's March has forfeited that influence in favor of positioning itself as an organ of the progressive movement.
For contemporary feminists, that's a familiar pattern.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.