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A little more than a year ago, just before the 2016 presidential electionfeminists had reason to cheer. After a decade of organizing online and off, with feminist blogs growing in popularity and giving way to a new generation of feminist writers and commentators, feminism, it seemed, was simultaneously ubiquitous and cool.

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Feminist writers graduated from bloggers to paid professionals, some of our names dotting the pages of legacy publications, others running large feminist-minded new media sites. This was the culture piece that was supposed to dovetail with the political one, delivering us, for the first time in more than 200 years, a female president of the United States.

  • This was especially true coming at the same moment that many of our male comrades on the left seemed more interested in the struggles of white men than in equality overall;
  • Yow notes that "men have an opportunity in men's basketball, but women only have one shot;
  • Ladies, wait your turn;
  • Ladies, wait your turn.

We all know how that turned out. A lot has changed in America. We seem to be more divided, and more steadfast in our own views and biases, than ever before. Half the country is apparently OK with foreign interference in our electionsdeporting our neighbors and the breakdown of basic political and social norms. Women are demanding accountability for sexual harassment and assault — not just telling anonymized stories, but naming names and exacting penalties.

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MeToo went from story-sharing to firing frenzy in a whiplash manner, but feminists are still concerned about its almost inevitable backlash. Last year was dark, but this unbridled, fiery thing is a burning bright spot. The right has claimed victory in Donald Trump, boasting not just an electoral win but a cultural one — a vindication, especially, of sexism and racism.

This increasingly loud argument from the left, voiced by an unlikely fraternity of social-media-savvy socialists and white centrists, demands that women consider class struggle before gender struggle and from the socialist side, insists that sexism is fundamentally about class anyway, and empowering the worker — the working man, usually — will, somehow, mean an end to the misogyny that has pervaded nearly every society, including pre-capitalist ones.

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And of course, most of the loudest voices demanding a focus on white working class men are white men themselves; so too are the leaders that they champion. More insidiously, it can mean having your rights compromised in the name of the greater good.

For feminists, this all felt very familiar: Ladies, wait your turn. Watching the administration take shape and the media buzz it created, it seemed like a kind of individualist Randian right-wing feminism had found new legs, as some of the most newly-prominent and influential women in the country were women whose politics are bad for other women.

  • Trump, and we continue to show up — to science marches, at airports on behalf of immigrants and on street corners in Georgia to turn out voters for a Democrat;
  • Some women work part-time instead of full time while their children are young.

The women of Fox News, long happy to push a misogynist political agenda, blew the whistle on pervasive sexual harassment at their company — becoming mouthpieces for a leading feminist issue, but only insofar as it impacted their careers.

Her brand of feminism was individualistic enough that she could comfortably work for a man with a long track record of misogyny.

  • More and more women are feeling the pressure of trying to balance their personal and professional lives;
  • Women have become sanitation workers, police officers, fire fighters, and coal miners;
  • More insidiously, it can mean having your rights compromised in the name of the greater good;
  • Whether you are a boy or a girl, chances are you find nothing extraordinary about such an ambition;
  • Anything worth doing is difficult.

This was especially true coming at the same moment that many of our male comrades on the left seemed more interested in the struggles of white men than in equality overall.

In the year after the election, feminists walked a rocky path. The broad, raucous conversation on sexual harassment and violence helped us cut a clearer path.

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Celebrity women might have made initial headlines, but unlike the Ivankas and Kellyannes of the MeFirst Trump White House, the women of MeToo have lifted their sisters up.

Domestic and farmworkers declared their solidarity with the famous and moneyed women harassed and assaulted by Harvey Weinsteinand celebrity women led by a diverse coalition met that generosity of spirit with cash-money, starting a legal assistance fund for vulnerable women facing harassment. Millions of women marched around the world in opposition to Mr.

Trump, and we continue to show up — to science marches, at airports on behalf of immigrants and on street corners in Georgia to turn out voters for a Democrat. We are running for office in record numbers. And we are speaking up without apology or fear of being strident, shrewish or boisterous.

Maybe we are the witches you feared all along. We are fractured and limping, and unclear on who we can count as allies or opponents. We welcome outside contributions. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors.