A sign on a pub, seared in my early childhood awareness in the 1960s, resurfaced in memory, on International Women's Day: "No Dogs or Women" it declared. The right to enter a pub is a small symbol, part of an issue that's anything but trivial.
The world listened to America's inauguration speeches and wondered, silently, will the words about unity mean anything? Will American exceptionalism continue? And then Amanda Gorman blazed onto the stage.