The Women’s March a Social Movement? PhD Candidate Emily Kalah Gade in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage

UW Political Science PhD candidate Emily Kalah Gade wrote an article addressing the chances of the Women’s March becoming a serious social movement for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. Gade lists and discusses five reasons for why “the Women’s March may succeed as a movement where others have failed”:

  1. This march drew support from many different corners of society.
  2. The march was successfully nonviolent.
  3. The U.S. has a strong, independent court system.
  4. Movements need a common elevating goal.
  5. “Relative deprivation” is a powerful motivation for action. That’s the fear that your rights and opportunities will be diminished.”

The article titled “Why the Women’s March may be the start of a serious social movement” appeared on The Washington Post website on January 30, 2017. The article is part of a series that appeared on The Monkey Cage focusing on what social science can tell us about the Women’s March on Washington. The Monkey Cage is a blog that relies upon political science research “to make sense of the circus that is politics.” It was named 2010 Blog of the Year by The Week and a 2012 Best Blog by Time

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