It’s boiling hot on a sweltering Wednesday afternoon in Chiang Mai, but I have chills.
I’m at the International Women’s Day March, where more than 150 people have gathered to march the perimeter of Chiang Mai’s Old City in a demonstration for women’s rights, and it’s a powerful sight. The crowd that has gathered today is comprised of women from all walks of life and allies who’ve shown up to support the movement.
A majority of the marchers don white T-shirts emblazoned with “Women Own the Change,” a slogan repeated in the chants that ring out through the crowd. Leaders cry out, “Who makes the world?” The resounding response is, “Girls, girls!” “Who makes the change?” “Girls, girls!”