A photo of the massive crowd gathered at the Women's March on Washington.

Photo courtesy of Mobilus In Mobili at Flickr Creative Commons.

So… about that Women’s March. You know, the one where over 3 million people marched in the name of equality? Yeah, a lot of people are upset about it. Some even failed to see the point of it. But never fear, because I’ve laid out three things that the Women’s March accomplished.

1. It Got People’s Attention

Whether you like it or not, you’re reading this post because the Women’s March got your attention in some shape or form. That alone makes it a success in my book. A major part of the reason we marched was to make our voices heard, and boy oh boy did we make our voices heard!

Live streams of the march were being broadcast on every major news network in America. People took to social media to voice their opinions, some angry, others supportive. But do you want to know what the best part is? Even those who were disgruntled by the march were still forced to pay attention to it. And that, my friends, is part of what made it so effective.

2. It Unified Women

Did you know that people in all seven continents of the world participated in the march? That’s incredible! Never before has there been a public demonstration on such a massive scale. Women of all different ethnicities and backgrounds came together to support one another. Men marched alongside their wives, sisters, and daughters. It was an act of solidarity and my god was it beautiful.

3. It Got the Momentum Going

Here’s the thing that people don’t understand: the Women’s March is just the beginning. I think a lot of people mistakenly believe that it was just a one-day event that will never actually change anything. Wrong.

We will be writing to our government officials. We will be staging more marches and protests. We will be donating to and supporting women’s rights organizations. And we will be pursuing legal action against any person, organization, or entity that tries to strip us of our rights. So buckle up because this is going to be a long four years.