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At least 673 Women’s Marches occurred around the globe in protest of President Donald Trump’s recent inauguration. The uprisings across metropolitan areas in the United States on January 21st, 2017, marked the movement as the single largest political demonstration in American history. The Women’s March on Washington— the original march created by four American women —attracted over 500,000 people from across America, of various genders, sexualities, ethnicities, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The marchers were united by one common message: the American public cannot and will not accept what President Trump stands for. At the sister march in Boston, chants of “hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” “her body, her choice,” and “black lives matter” echoed through the streets. Protesters marched for personal reasons, out of solidarity for others, and simply to show their anger and disappointment over the results of the recent and divisive 2016 election. Each march awakened cities and towns, sparking political discussion. However, what’s to come determines how successfully the nation will combat the policies and orders of President Trump.

The Women’s March on Washington website has already launched its campaign for ten additional actions to take within the first hundred days of the Trump Administration. Following the recent executive order banning immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries, numerous lawyers mobilized around the nation to offer aid and guidance to any travelers who had been detained. Demonstrators organized at multiple airports, and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates instructed the Justice Department not to stand behind the executive order. Already within the first month of Trump’s presidency, the nation has experienced extreme turbulence, discord, and unprecedented action. Nonetheless, protesters have continued to speak out and take action against the president’s policies.

The Women’s Marches provided precedent for these oppositions to occur. Without the loud voices of men, women, and children throughout the world calling for a large scale backlash to Trump’s policies, many of those protesting only several days later might not have had the courage to do so. Within a week, The Women’s Marches and other protests have shown this new administration and the global population that we cannot and will not be complicit with the Trump Administration.

However, we must also remember that the Women’s Marches were only a first step— a chance for us foster a loving and supportive community to yell, scream, and cry, together. The next day and following week were a different story as people struggled to oppose President Trump. The response to the Muslim ban showed promise, but the fact that these policies were already passed within the first ten days terrified them. President Trump has already promoted Steve Bannon, well known for being editor of Breitbart News, the so-called “platform of the alt-right,” to a top security position, ignoring historical traditions. He has vowed to move forward with his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. As of now, the next four years appear dark and grueling. However, that doesn’t mean that America will forget the fervor leftover from the Women’s Marches.

Hopefully, in the coming months, we will preserve the strength,  resilience, and momentum generated by the Women’s Marches. In protesting, we as a nation took our first step in defying President Trump— but this is just the beginning.