Una Mullally: The battle against Trump has only started

The millions of people across the world who marched in protest reveal the strength of the opposition

An estimated 500,000 people took to Washington DC for the Women’s March on Washington. Similar marches took place across the world from Sydney to Chicago. Video: Reuters/CNN

“Hear them roar”, read a headline in a US newspaper. A real movement is when expectations are exceeded beyond people’s wildest projections. The Women’s Marches around the world last weekend are a moment in history. Millions made themselves heard. The marches were peaceful and beautiful, and they will birth a generation of activists.

It has been reported that 53 per cent of white women who voted, voted for Donald Trump, but they did not turn up in any great numbers to his inauguration. If you really believe in something, you show up, rain or shine. Women opposed to Trump are clearly now far more motivated to resist his presidency and administration. These marches also cap and continue a remarkable time in history for the women’s movement and for feminism. For several years, we have been talking about this third wave of feminism. The millions of women and men marching around the world are its manifestation, articulation, celebration and continuation. The marches in the US also come at a time of increased protest and civic engagement related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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