The world is reflecting on powerful images of the sea of women in pink hats who took to the streets for Women’s Marches across the globe recently. Men marched as well, but many also participated in ways that could not be caught on camera. In our case, we traveled to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta, leaving a total of 10 kids in the capable hands of their fathers. We could not have attended otherwise. While other marching moms depended on sisters, grandmothers, female partners or others to provide childcare, for us men were essential to our ability to attend. Our men happily did the difficult work of parenting because they knew that it was important for us to be on the street. They showed that fathers can be foot soldiers in the feminist movement, even if they aren’t physically marching. These men — and others like them - will not be included in the final attendance tallies, but they should also count as having donned pink hats.
RACHEL BLACHER, BETHANY A. CARUSO, RENA DIAMOND, DABNEY P. EVANS, MAIRA GOYTIA, KAREN LEVY, ATLANTA