by SORAYA CHEMALY, RH Reality Check
This is the text of a speech given at the WomenUnite Rally in Washington, DC on April 28, 2012, one of 53 events that took place in 45 cities around the country. The marches recieved little or no national coverage, despite the fact that thousands of people participated in a grassroots movement of more than 50 events co-ordinated by volunteers in fewer than 10 weeks.
[The speech ends:] We are here today because women have yet to be recognized as full citizens, with agency in both the private and public spheres. "Equal enough" is unacceptable. I close by asking you all to continue to speak loudly, in ways that boys and girls can hear and understand, in defense of girls' and women’s rights, to speak loudly when you encounter bias, sexism, misogyny.