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The Women's Wave: Backlash To Trump Persists, Reshaping Politics In 2018

A big gender gap threatens the GOP in November, as the energy of the women's marches the day after Donald Trump took office has been sustained by Democratic women invested in the midterms.
A woman shouts slogans during the Women's March in New York City, January 20, 2018, as protestors took to the streets en masse across the United States. Source: KENA BETANCUR

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More than a year and a half ago, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, millions of women worldwide took to the streets in fury over his election. It was a massive show of resistance — likely the largest protest in U.S. history, as the Washington Post reported at the time.

One of the biggest questions that loomed over the demonstrations that day: could the energy last?

Amy Chomsky, an ophthalmologist from Nashville, attended the

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