These U.S. Cities Are the Safest Places to Live, Work, and Play

Life involves hazards. Traffic accidents, natural disasters, and other setbacks occur everywhere, but some regions are much safer than others. If you hope to have a safe, healthy life, you’ll want to pack up and head to one of these U.S. cities, the safest places to live, work, and play.

15. Scottsdale, Arizona

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As the 15th safest city in the country, Scottsdale is known for its golf courses, resorts, hiking trails, and beautiful Old Town area. The upscale desert town’s strongest category was home and community safety; WalletHub ranked it 26th out of more than 180 cities.

14. Chesapeake, Virginia

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The 14th safest city has many miles of waterfront, as well as protected forests and wetlands like the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Chesapeake ranks No. 19 in the home and community safety category of WalletHub’s study. Many know the city as the headquarters of Dollar Tree and for its proximity to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

13. Aurora, Illinois

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Aurora ranks third in the home and community safety category, which helps the Illinois suburb land within the top 15 safest U.S. cities. As the second largest city in Illinois, the “City of Lights” was one of the first to adopt as all-electric street light system. With a historic downtown and architecture from Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff, Aurora’s population continues to grow each year.

12. Chandler, Arizona

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The second of three Phoenix-area cities to make this list, Chandler boasts parks and wetlands, as well as kid-friendly activities like vintage train rides at the Desert Breeze Railroad. This bustling town ranks as the eighth safest concerning its natural disaster risk, boosting it to the 12th safest city overall.

11. Brownsville, Texas

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Wallethub’s data for Brownsville, Texas proves why it’s so safe. It ranks very low on the list of cities with the highest unemployment rates and highest percentages of uninsured population (176th and 182nd, respectively). The second safest U.S. city for natural disaster risks, Brownsville lies directly across the border from Matamoros, Mexico, along the Gulf of Mexico.

10. Boise, Idaho

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Boise, Idaho loves to be first. It’s the No. 1 most financially safe city in the U.S., and it ties for first with a few others for the lowest unemployment rate. Things seem pretty idyllic in Boise; the town has a “greenbelt” of beautiful trails and parks along its river, and residents enjoy vibrant arts and outdoor scenes.

9. Nashua, New Hampshire

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With a population of about 90,000, Nashua is known for its home and community safety (ranking 23rd). With companies like Dell and Oracle residing here, the city has strong job security. Movie and TV viewers may recall Nashua being mentioned in the hit comedy series The Office as well as the movie Good Will Hunting.

8. Bismarck, North Dakota

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In 24th place for home and community safety, Bismarck serves as the capital of North Dakota. The eighth safest city in the U.S., its residents enjoy the cultural history, large park system, and proximity to hunting and fishing. Forbes ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in 2017.

7. Yonkers, New York

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This inner suburb of New York City is the second most-safe place concerning homes and communities. Ranking seventh most safe overall, the “City of Seven Hills” has the fifth fewest traffic fatalities and serves as a filming location for many movies. (You may have seen Yonkers in Catch Me if You Can, Mona Lisa Smile, Big Daddy, and more.)

6. Gilbert, Arizona

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Officially the safest city in Arizona, Gilbert has the second-fewest assaults per capita in the U.S. It’s also the eighth safest city concerning homes and community. Located just southwest of Phoenix, Gilbert is a historic town that’s growing extremely quickly.

5. Warwick, Rhode Island

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Just landing in the top five safest U.S. cities, Warwick has the fifth fewest assaults per capita and ranks 11th safest in homes and community safety. The historic town served as the birthplaces of many war heroes and battles. It’s located about 20 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island.

4. Virginia Beach, Virginia

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The Guinness Book of Records lists Virginia Beach as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. This resort city has the third fewest assaults per capita in America and ranks as the ninth best in home and community safety. The city’s Cape Henry was the first landing of the English colonists.

3. Plano, Texas

Plano is home to many corporations, like Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Frito-Lay, but keeps its Texas charm. | Visit Plano via Twitter

Although Plano, Texas ranks highest in the U.S. for home and community safety, this town north of Dallas is the second safest overall. Plano is home to many corporate headquarters, including Toyota North America, Cinemark Theatres, FedEx, Frito-Lay, Keurig Dr. Pepper, and Siemens. Residents love the city’s abundant open spaces.

2. South Burlington, Vermont

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The second safest city in the U.S. employs many of its residents through GE Healthcare, Ben & Jerry’s, and Fairpoint Communications. South Burlington is the 10th most financially safe U.S. city. It’s tied for third for the lowest percentage of uninsured residents and tied for first for the lowest unemployment rate.

1. Columbia, Maryland

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Comprised of 10 self-contained villages, this planned community resides outside of the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas. As the safest city in the U.S., Columbia can thank its creator, James W. Rouse, who envisioned a city that rejected religious, class, and racial segregation and focused on human value over economics.

WalletHub gave it a fourth-place ranking in terms of home and community safety. Rouse’s vision seems to have worked; Money magazine has consistently rated Columbia as a “Best Place to Live.” Actor Edward Norton, fashion designer Christian Siriano, and astronaut Terry Virts grew up in Columbia.

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Major IT glitch hits bank customers more than once a WEEK

Major IT glitch hits bank customers more than once a WEEK amid fears over our vulnerability to cyberattacks

  • Savers and businesses are reliant on making instant payments via computers
  • Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland became the latest to suffer major IT crash
  • Many claimed on social media they were unable to pay their staff or their rent 

Leading banks are suffering at least one major security or IT glitch every week which stops customers making payments.

Around half of these meltdowns affect online banking, while a quarter impact on mobile banking.

Savers and businesses are increasingly reliant on making instant payments via computers and mobile phones – a trend fuelled by the closure of thousands of bank branches.

But today’s figures will raise fears that this dependence makes the country vulnerable to technology failures and cyberattacks.

Leading banks such as Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland became the latest to suffer a major IT crash. (Stock image)

Yesterday Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers became the latest to suffer a major IT crash. 

Lloyds Banking Group customers were unable to send money online after its ‘faster payments’ service went down.

Many claimed on social media they were unable to pay their staff or their rent or fill up with petrol because they could not move money between accounts.

Under new rules, banks must disclose every major operational or security incident which prevents customers using payments services – anything from cyber hacks to IT malfunctions.


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Analysis of 14 British banks reveals the rising number of incidents reported to the Financial Conduct Authority in the six months from April 1 to September 30.

Both Barclays and Lloyds reported more than 30, which equates to more than one ‘major’ incident every week.

While some failures are quickly resolved, others cause chaos and leave millions locked out of their bank accounts or unable to make payments. 

Personal finance expert Andrew Hagger, of MoneyComms, said: ‘More and more of us rely entirely on online and mobile banking which means it’s vital that the IT behind the services is robust and reliable. 

Many claimed on social media they were unable to pay their staff or their rent or fill up with petrol because they could not move money between accounts

The banks have been pushing customers down the online banking route for years. However, investment in IT must be a priority.’

Barclays suffered the highest number of security and operational incidents in six months with 34, nine of which impacted online banking payments. 

Lloyds had 31 – 22 of which prevented customers making payments through online banking.

Bank of Scotland and Halifax each reported 27, including 19 affecting online banking. These figures include some of the same crashes that affected Lloyds’ systems.

Both Lloyds and Barclays said many of the incidents were minor and had minimal impact.

Other rivals fared better: HSBC and First Direct experienced ten incidents between them with only one impacting online banking. Royal Bank of Scotland, which includes NatWest, had 17 incidents, five of which affected online banking.

While some meltdowns stemmed from bank failures, others were caused by payment providers. 

Last June a Visa ‘hardware’ failure left millions of customers unable to pay for goods. In April, 1.9million TSB customers were unable to access their money.

Hannah Maundrell, editor in chief of Money.co.uk, said: ‘I hope all banks invest in updating their old legacy systems. 

This is particularly important for customers in rural parts because branches are closing.’

Almost two-thirds of Britain’s bank branches have closed over the past 30 years.

Lloyds said on Twitter yesterday that customers ‘will not be left out of pocket’ by the latest IT issue.

A spokesman for UK Finance, which represents the banks, said: ‘When incidents occur, firms work around the clock to get services running as quickly as possible.’

 

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Richardson ready as injured Hazlewood out of Test series

Test call-up Jhye Richardson has declared he is ready to don the baggy green cap and would relish the chance to utilise a swinging pink ball should he play against Sri Lanka in the first Test this week.

Richardson, having enjoyed a strong Sheffield Shield campaign and dismissed Virat Kohli three times in as many matches in the one-day series, has replaced Josh Hazlewood, who has an early-stage back stress fracture and will miss the day-night Test in Brisbane and ensuing clash in Canberra.

In: Jhye Richardson.Credit:AAP

Hazlewood's absence means Australia will need to name a new deputy for Tim Paine, for fellow joint vice-captain Mitch Marsh has been overlooked for the series.

West Australian Richardson has the third most wickets in the Sheffield Shield this season with 27 at an average of 19 in five matches, behind Victorian pair Scott Boland (36) and Chris Tremain (28), the latter overlooked despite being in an extended squad for the first Test against India.

Richardson has joined fellow quicks Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle in the squad, which gathers in Brisbane this weekend ahead of the clash featuring Kookaburra's lacquered pink ball which some players still have misgivings about.

Richardson, a strike weapon with seven one-day internationals to his credit, said on Saturday he was ready to leave his imprint should the opportunity come.

"I have loved the pink ball. Obviously, as a group I don't think Australia has lost a pink-ball Test, and luckily enough for myself, I probably had one of my better games when I played at the WACA under lights," he said.

"I am really looking forward to it. It's going to be fantastic. The prospect of a pink ball in a Test again is great. We have seen in that twilight period the ball moves around a little bit more which is really exciting. I definitely like to swing the ball early which will be the plan if I do get to play."

In his second first-class match for WA, under lights, he claimed four wickets.

Richardson, 22, has been on the selectors' radar for some time, for he was part of last year's Test squad which toured South Africa, and enhanced his prospects with six wickets at 18.7 with an economy rate of 3.7 runs per over in the one-day series against India. That he troubled Kohli added to his claims.

"It is good to be able to get him three times in a row but my focus wasn't just on getting Kohli out, obviously. It was trying to do my job for the team and bowl well to all of their batsmen and try and get the wickets to be able to put a result on the board," Richardson said.

He has played only 11 first-class matches, claiming 49 wickets at 23.24 at a strike rate of 47.7, but took career-best figures of 8-47 against NSW in November at Optus Stadium.

Hazlewood's absence also means Australia will have to decide whether to give Cummins the new ball alongside Starc or keep him at first change and allow either Richardson or Siddle to open.

“It’s about being adaptable. Whatever that role may be, then I’m happy to accommodate that. I like to run in and bowl fast but sometimes that’s not what’s needed," he said.

“I might need to come in and stem the flow of runs or build some pressure. I think I’m learning how to do that better, especially over the past year in Shield cricket.”

Selection chairman Trevor Hohns said Richardson was an "ideal replacement" for Hazlewood.

"Jhye has had an impressive first half in his Sheffield Shield season and no one could deny he has now continued that form in ODI matches for Australia," Hohns said.

Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said he was confident Hazlewood would be fit for the mid-year World Cup and Ashes tour.

"Josh has reported some back soreness over the last few days and scans have revealed a very early stage stress fracture in the same lower back area as his previous injury from last summer," Beakley said.

"He will now begin a rehabilitation program and we are confident he will be available for selection ahead of the ICC cricket World Cup in the UK later this year."

Josh Hazlewood.Credit:AAP

Back problems had forced Hazlewood out of the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

Richardson's elevation could mean Australia fields two debutants, for uncapped Victorian batsman Will Pucovski is also in the squad. Australia have won all four of their day-night Tests.

Squads: Australia: Tim Paine (c/wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha.

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Mexican Senate elects ally of president as new top prosecutor

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Senate on Friday voted an ally of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to serve for nine years as the powerful new independent top prosecutor of the country, sparking immediate criticism that the role would remain politicized.

By an overwhelming majority, the Senate controlled by Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and its allies chose Alejandro Gertz to take the post known as fiscal general that replaces the former position of attorney general.

Gertz, who was a security adviser to Lopez Obrador during the 2018 election campaign, had been serving as the acting attorney general since the president took office on Dec. 1.

The new role was created under the previous administration in a bid to strengthen Mexico’s patchy justice system.

However, disputes about the rules needed to flesh out the new system prevented the job from being filled until Lopez Obrador won a landslide victory in July, giving his party a platform in Congress to approve the necessary legislation.

Critics said that new framework did not guarantee the autonomy of the new prosecutor, and civil society groups spoke out against the role again on Friday.

“The name of the institution has changed, but it remains an arm of the executive,” Gustavo de Hoyos, head of Mexican employers confederation COPARMEX, told a news conference.

Gertz, 79, a onetime head of public security under former president Vicente Fox, pledged to be transparent and accountable in the job during a hearing with senators this week.

Mexican attorney generals were political appointees routinely swapped out at the accession of a new president. Under the law, Mexico’s presidents can serve only one six-year term.

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US Open champion Naomi Osaka survives third-round scare at Australian Open

MELBOURNE — Naomi Osaka struggled to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 third-round victory to keep her chances of winning a second consecutive Grand Slam title alive at the Australian Open on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Osaka, the reigning US Open champion, was nearly ushered to the exit by 28th-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, who led 7-5, 4-2 before Osaka figured out the puzzle of playing against someone with style and massive variety on the court.

Hsieh is a crafty player who blunted Osaka’s power for a set-and-a-half before Japan’s only Grand Slam champion calmed her frustrations and sorted out how to play.

“I just thought i didn’t want to give up,” said Osaka, when asked on court how she turned the match around. “I really love Grand Slams and I wanted to stay here longer. I really love to play tennis."

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Greater Kingston Major Midget hockey team gearing up for long playoff run

The Greater Kingston Major Midget Frontenacs will try to be the first team in the city’s history to qualify for the Telus Cup tournament.

The Canadian championship event starts on April 22 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Kingston squad, coached by Chris Mahon, Chris Clarke and Dave Mullins, is currently in first place in the Eastern Division of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.

With the playoffs fast approaching, the top team in the OMHA will represent the province at the national tournament.

“We’ve never had a season like this before,” said 16-year-old defenceman Cameron Morton.

The teen was drafted by the OHL’s Erie Otters, who sent him back to Kingston knowing he would receive a lot of ice time to improve his game.

“We’ve got a very strong club,” he added.

“Everything seems to be clicking. We get along really well, and it shows in the standings. We’ve got three solid lines, a shutdown defence and two outstanding goaltenders in Brandon Heaslip and Matthew Tovell. Everybody is looking forward to the playoffs and a shot at the Telus Cup.”

The Midget Frontenacs (15-8-5) aren’t getting ahead of themselves; they know that winning in the postseason won’t be easy.

“Teams elevate their game in the playoffs, and we need to do the same thing,” said forward Derek Hamilton.

“We have a strong work ethic,” the 16-year-old continued. “We work hard in practice and in games. We’ve got great team chemistry, which adds to our success.”

Aidan MacDonald agrees.

“We’ve got a really good group of guys with loads of chemistry,” said the 17-year old defenceman.

“We’ve found a way to win lots of games this year. We know it won’t be easy come playoff time, but if we play the way we’re capable of playing, we should make some serious postseason noise.”

In the meantime, the Greater Kingston Major Midgets continue to fine-tune their game before the playoffs begin.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, they will face off against the Whitby Wildcats. Game time is 6. p.m. at the Kingston Invista Centre.

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Frank Grillo to Star in the Thriller ‘Hell on the Border’

Frank Grillo is set to star in the action-thriller “Hell on the Border” with Wes Miller directing.

Miller also penned the script with Curtis Nichouls, Henry Penzi, and Sasha Yelaun producing. Ron Perlman is also on board to co-star.

Plot details are unknown at this time. Production is currently underway in Birmingham, Ala.

Grillo has a slew of projects set to bow in 2019, starting with the thriller “Donnybrook,” which also stars Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley and opened at the Toronto Film Festival. It premieres in theaters on Feb. 15.

He will follow that up with the thriller “Boss Level” opposite Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts, which Grillo produced with his production company War Party.

Grillo’s “Point Blank” premieres later this year on Netflix, which also stars Anthony Mackie. Grillo also appears in Jason Blum’s “Once Upon a Time in Staten Island,” which is expected to bow by the end of 2019 and additionally stars Watts and Bobby Cannavale.

Grillo most recently signed on to the Screen Gems pic “Black and Blue” opposite Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, and Tyrese Gibson.

Miller just recently directed “River Runs Red” starring John Cusack, Taye Diggs, George Lopez, and Luke Hemsworth.

Grillo is repped by WME, Management 360, and Loeb & Loeb.

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Trump Tweets Teaser About ‘Major Announcement’ On Saturday Regarding The Shutdown

Donald Trump floated a teaser via Twitter on Friday evening saying that he was going to make a “major announcement” regarding the partial government shutdown on Saturday. The news has caused speculation that the president might be ready to revisit the idea of declaring a national emergency in order to get around the impasse with Congress over building his border wall.

Friday marks the 28th day in what is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Trump and Congressional leaders have been locked in a battle over funding for a wall on the border of the U.S. and Mexico. For weeks, Democratic leaders have presented bills to open the government, but the Republican-controlled Senate and Trump have declined to pass any of them, saying that they will only accept the full $5.7 billion in funding that the president has requested.

With congressional leaders heading home on Friday night, the government is all but guaranteed to stay closed until Monday. Late Friday night, Trump suggested that there may be a break in the stalemate on the horizon.

“I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse,” Trump wrote.

The tweet comes just hours after the president said that Republican leaders are as unified as ever over the issue of a border wall, a statement that is not supported by fact. Eight House Republicans voted against funding the wall in December, with one calling the proposed funding plan “wasteful.”

“Never seen the Republican Party so unified. No ‘Cave’ on the issue of Border and National Security. A beautiful thing to see, especially when you hear the new rhetoric spewing from the mouths of the Democrats who talk Open Border, High Taxes and Crime. Stop Criminals & Drugs now!”

Over the past two years, as Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and White House, leaders have failed to pass a bill to fund the wall. In September of 2017, a survey found that just 69 of 292 Republicans in Congress supported funding Trump’s wall, even at a reduced amount of $1.6 billion.

All this means that many people expect Trump to declare a national emergency in order to bypass Congress and reopen the government. Trump has floated the idea of declaring a national emergency, saying that he has the right to do it, but he has held back on taking that step so far.

“I think we might work a deal,” he said. “And if we don’t, I may go that route. I have the absolute right to do national emergency if I want.”

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Historians Explain How The Women’s March Builds On More Than 100 Years Of Resistance

On the heels of a midterm election in which record numbers of women were elected to Congress, the Women’s March is slated to take place on Saturday for the third year in a row. Despite facing ramped-up criticism in recent months, historians tell Bustle that the Women’s March has built a platform of inclusivity inspired by other feminist protests and marches in U.S. history — and that it showcases the fact that women will continue to show up for what they believe in, despite what challenges arise.

The Women’s March was first organized in Washington, D.C. in 2017, with sister marches taking place both across the country and around the world. The Washington Post characterized the 2017 Women’s March as possibly the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, though historians tell Bustle that it follows a long tradition of feminist activism. Throughout American history, women have fought for suffrage, racial justice, stricter gun control laws, and more.

"Women’s protest and resistance has a very long history and takes many forms, from consciousness-raising groups in the 1970s to the abolitionist movement in the 19th century to community organizing to working-class protest," Barnard College history professor Premilla Nadasen tells Bustle. "Large-scale marches are just one example."

The Women’s March — like many of the movements that came before it — is a people’s march organized by those most affected by the issues it targets, as journalist and historian Janus Adams notes. Three past protests in particular opened up opportunities for movements like the Women’s March to take place, according to Adams: the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, the Silent Parade of 1917, and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

On the surface, it might seem like protesters were fighting for different things in each of those examples. The NAACP organized the Silent Parade in New York City to protest anti-black mob violence and lynchings across the country. The March on Washington was a protest for racial and economic justice. But these issues all intersect, according to Adams, in that at their core, she says all of these marches were about "the right to have a decent life of your own making, unimpeded by someone else’s racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia."

The grassroots organizing landscape of American history is rich with examples of protests that paved the way for the Women’s March. In addition to those mentioned by Adams, Temple University history professor Bettye Collier-Thomas highlighted feminist protests like the Equal Rights Amendment marches in the 1970s, the Million Woman March in 1997 organized by black women to demand equality and justice for themselves and their communities, the Million Mom March for stricter gun control in 2000, and the pro-choice March for Women’s Lives in 2004.

Collier-Thomas suggests many of those protesters made mistakes that Women’s March participants might learn from. The white organizers of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 asked black women to march in the back, The Washington Post reported. And during the 1963 March on Washington, black women were not given speaking slots, even though they played influential roles as organizers and marchers, per The New Republic.

Although they often had to fight to take their place in various social movements, thousands of black women nonetheless marched in the Silent Parade of 1917, and hundreds of thousands of black women organized the Million Woman March in Philadelphia. As Collier-Thomas points out, race and gender intersect in critical ways and cannot be "isolated or separated."

"When discussing feminist protests and marches in American history, it is of equal importance to note hundreds of thousands of black women who participated in the organizing and marched for equality and justice," she says.

Since it was first organized after President Donald Trump’s election, the Women’s March has aimed to be more inclusive than many protests have been in the past. According to University of California, Santa Cruz history professor Lisbeth Haas, the organizers of the Women’s March "built a stronger consciousness around inclusivity" in a way that previous protests hadn’t.

However, since its inception, the Women’s March has faced significant skepticism from women of color concerned that the march disproportionately represented the interests of white women. It also faced skepticism from transgender women who felt that the Women’s March did not offer them a legitimate platform.

As a result, the women of color leading the national Women’s March worked hard to address inclusion, as Newsweek reported last year, including using their intersectional platform to urge cisgender white women to confront their own biases and participate in other social movements. The Women’s March platform is explicit in its demands for not only gender justice, but also racial justice, economic justice, reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA rights, and workers’ rights.

Criticism over participation in the protest being too white wasn’t the only issue the Women’s March had to confront. Co-chairs Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez also faced criticism over their reported connection to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and allegations that anti-Semitic comments were made in a Women’s March meeting.

Mallory, Perez, and Sarsour have denied the allegations of anti-Semitism. When reached for comment, a Women’s March spokesperson directed Bustle to the public statements the organization has posted on their website, including one that read, "Women’s March is committed to fighting all forms of oppression as outlined in our Unity Principles. We will not tolerate anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia and we condemn these expressions of hatred in all forms."

Haas points out that the Women’s March also intersects with other critical movements, including Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, and argues that the Women’s March is "almost the culmination of the best of the history" of women’s protests and labor movements over the years.

"It’s a very strong force, because they organized along these same principles of inclusion, of young and old being present, of all women being included despite race, class, sexual differences," she says.

Despite tensions around this year’s event, the Women’s March is slated to take place on Saturday, and thousands of women are expected to attend, per ABC News. The Women’s March organizers have committed to provide an open forum for dialogue and dissent, as The Cut pointed out, indicating that they have learned from the movements of the past.

"Building a movement is never easy," Nadasen tells Bustle. "It is a process that requires discussion, debate, and disagreement. The Women’s Marches are important because they have created an opening for us to have a deeper dialogue about the meaning of gender justice and feminist liberation — for all women and all people."

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Olympian Sanya Richards Ross Spills On How She’d Style Beyonce’s Christmas Card

Four-time Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross has a new business venture where she’s helping busy moms style their family’s holiday cards and we’ve got all the details!

Sanya Richards-Ross, 33, is known for being a gold medalist, but this multi-talented star can do it all! Sanya has transitioned her talent from track and field to her newest endeavor, CoordiNation, the only online community dedicated to helping black moms achieve style victory by curating looks and moments for the whole family. The four-time Olympic champion teamed up with celebrity stylist and Beyoncé Knowles guru, Ty Hunter, as a guest speaker to collaborate on her online community, and gave HollywoodLife an EXCLUSIVE look at what she’d envision Queen Bey and fam dressed in for their holiday card.

“Beyoncé is such a fashion icon and she came out to the Global Citizen Festival with this wet and wavy hair, and she had these huge gold earrings on, and I loved the way that looked,” Sanya gushed. “So I think I would take my inspiration from that look. I would do something gold on Beyoncé because I see her as a queen and maybe a gold dress. I love the way she dresses her daughter, Blue, and I feel like she always keeps Blue true to her age,” Sanya explained who is also the mother of one to her adorable 17-month-old son, Aaron Ross II, she shares with her Super Bowl champion husband, Aaron Ross, 36.

“All of Blue’s outfits are always age appropriate, she doesn’t style her like a teenager. I feel like her outfits are always true to her age and still shows her personality and I love that about her. With Jay-Z, I feel like there was a time he used to dress very flashy, but now with time, I feel like he’s come into his manhood and I love the way he dresses. He dresses very simple and classic and I love the way he carries himself and the way he dresses his family, as well.”

Sanya described her inspiration behind CoordiNation, “It’s an amazing platform that I founded with my sister and cousin. We all love coordinating our own families and we became obsessed with finding cute outfits that weren’t always matchy-matchy, but always included a color theme. We started to get a tremendous response from our followers. They would ask how we found the time, the pieces, and so we started this company. Our goal is to help busy moms coordinate their own family by offering a styling component to our company. We plan to help moms plan for their Christmas photos or vacations, and then we plan to roll out other services over time.”

As far as what life has been like transitioning from an athlete to motherhood, family, and a business, Sanya said, “It has been an incredible transition, but there have been times when it’s been a little strange for me to not be planning for the next world championship because that was my dream and my life for so many years. I ran for over 25 years, for the majority of my life. But this CoordiNation project has felt like I’ve fallen in love again with something, and so that has been very rewarding. To be able to use all of the skills that I’ve learned from being an athlete, working hard, setting new goals, not getting derailed, so I’m super excited. This is kind of my new baby to blossom and hopefully be a big part of my life for a long time.”

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