The Women’s March is riddled with divisions. But that doesn’t mean feminism is in crisis.

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Lauren Haumesser holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia and works as the associate editor of the Dolley Madison Digital Edition.

Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of women are expected to participate in the third annual Women’s March. But which women will the march represent?

Since its inception in 2017, the Women’s March has been dogged by accusations that it does not speak for all women. Black women have accused white women of showing little concern for issues that have long affected women of color, such as mass incarceration and high maternal death rates. The organization’s solidarity with Palestinian women, leader Tamika Mallory’s refusal to disavow anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and organizers’ reported comments that Jews bore special responsibility for oppressing women of color have all raised concerns among Jewish women of anti-Semitism. And women who oppose abortion but otherwise identify as feminists have felt excluded by the march’s emphasis on abortion rights principles.

Pundits and news outlets have portrayed these difficulties as a sign that the Women’s March — and perhaps 21st-century feminism — is doomed to fail.

Yet history shows us that this is not true.

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