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Today’s Women’s March on Washington has become a global event. As of now, more than 600 marches will take place in 57 countries around the world, including London, England.

Would Virginia Woolf march? Perhaps not. But based on her written reactions to London’s July 1919 “Peace Day” to celebrate the end of World War I, I’m certain she would have been paying close attention. She would then have used her thinking and her writing to share what she saw, heard and read.

In Three Guineas (1937), she decried the sort of nationalism we now see being promoted in so many countries  and in so many ways — from the Brexit vote in England to the Trump win in the U.S. And she would have issued warnings about the rise in fascism that could result.

With that in mind, I have dressed my little Virginia Woolf doll in a Pussy Hat and am taking her on the march. She will be accompanied by Wonder Woman, her next door neighbor on my top bookshelf.

Virginia Woolf riding a wave of Pussy Hats to the Women's March.

Virginia Woolf riding a wave of Pussy Hats to the Women’s March.

Wonder Woman and Virginia Woolf wear their Pussy Hats as they take to the streets.

Wonder Woman and Virginia Woolf wear their Pussy Hats as they take to the streets.

Wonder Woman, Woolf, and some of the words with which she fought.

Wonder Woman, Woolf, and some of the words with which she fought.

 

References:
Virginia Woolf Diary I, P. 291-294
Virginia Woolf Letters II, P. 292
Levenback, Karen. Virginia Woolf and the Great War, P. 27-32.

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