A new edition of the recurring “Horsewomen” event returns to Wild Goose Creative

The event title “Three Million Horsewomen of the Apocalypse” conjures up a daunting image of unimaginable amounts of famine, pestilence, war and death. Though the gathering at Wild Goose Creative on Thursday, Feb. 23 is not as foreboding as it suggests, it's arguably as powerful. It represents the approximately 3 million participants in the Women's March on Washington last month.

About 12 Columbus-based marchers will speak at the upcoming event, a special edition in the “Four Horsewomen” series, which is normally limited to four storytellers taking on the four apocalyptic themes.

“I decided to change the format up and have a large group of women having an open discussion on stage about our current times,” said the event's creator, Alexis Perrone. “Frankly, it sort of feels like the apocalypse.”

“Amazing” was a word commonly used by several participants who discussed their D.C. experience at an early February interview at Wild Goose.

“It was inspiring, and we were all sharing stories like, ‘Where were you when you found out Trump was President?'” said Michelle Davis of reproductive justice organization Feminist Flag Corps.

“It was just an incredible event,” Jessie Mathews said. “I think people are now not wanting to be followers. They're stepping up their game to be leaders and showing up.”

However, as positive as the atmosphere proved to be, there were also several frustrations, which the women readily addressed.

“It became very clear to me that a lot of people [who] didn't vote … were there,” Lori Crabtree said. “And a lot of people voted third party. … I had this low-level rage all day because I was so angry at all of these people. We didn't have to be there [or] we could've been there for a celebration.”

The march also brought up issues of authenticity and privilege among the mostly white women at the march, as evidenced by the now-viral photo of a black attendee holding a sign that said, “Don't forget: White women voted for Trump.”

“Women of color were absolutely left out of [the feminist movement],” Crabtree said. “The big issue … to me is white supremacy. White supremacy encompasses misogyny; it encompasses xenophobia; it encompasses anti-Semitism. White supremacy is the global blanket … that suppresses all of us.”

“We have to become more intersectional,” Davis added. “We're all in the same fight, so we all have to show up for each other.”

Upon returning home, many women were concerned the momentum from the march would dissipate, which is why the event will also have an action-based component.

“The conversation is not only to bring people together … but also provide the tools at the end for the ‘what next?' with some of the amazing things that these women do,” Perrone said.