This past weekend, Women’s Marches were organized in cities across the world. Boston, Chicago, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Paris, London and so many more.  It was the U.S. President’s first full day in office.  Each person had their own reason for marching, and no one had any idea how many people would join in.  There ended up being about 600 marches worldwide and millions of people showed up with signs and passion and peace.  No one was arrested.  No violence erupted.   Some say it was the largest day of demonstrations in American history.  Talk about bringing the people together.

Barack Obama once said, “Let us remember we are all part of one American family.  We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest.”

Although it is only the beginning of the discussion, the discussion was started. People who were worried or scared or angry saw that they were not alone. And they made the world take notice.  As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

No matter who leads a country, the people will always have the power to make a difference.  Each person can raise their voice, write to the paper, call their political representative, run for office and share their story.

We are all leaders.  As John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

May we each lead the way to tomorrow.