Elizabeth Warren fires up women's march in Boston: "I'm here to fight back"

Last Updated Jan 21, 2017 5:54 PM EST

Top Democrats are turning out Saturday for the Women’s Marches across the country -- including liberal icon Elizabeth Warren, who fired up a crowd in Boston.

“Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as president. That sight is now burned into my eyes forever,” Warren told the crowd, which the Boston mayor’s office estimated was reached many as 150,000 people. “And I hope the same is true for you — because we will not forget. We do not want to forget. We will use that vision to make sure that we fight harder, we fight tougher, and we fight more passionately than ever — not just for the people whom Donald Trump supports, but for all of America.”

“We can whimper, we can whine, or we can fight back. Me? I’m here to fight back,” Warren continued. “We come here to stand shoulder to shoulder to make clear: We are here, we will not be silent, we will not play dead, we will fight for what we believe in.”

The Boston march was just one of dozens across the country and around the world Saturday to protest after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. What started with an event in the nation’s capital, the Women’s March on Washington, quickly grew to include other cities across the country and worldwide.

“We’re here today because of the power of women -- the power of women to come up with good ideas, like this rally,” she said. “The power of women to organize, like this rally. And the power of women to make sure that as our country enters a new political era that the voices of the people will be heard.”

Like other speakers in D.C. and across the country, Warren stressed the importance of tolerance and equality.

“We believe that sexism, racism, homophobia, and bigotry have no place in this country,” Warren said. “Black lives matter; diversity makes our country stronger. We believe that equal means equal and that’s true in the workplace, it’s true in marriage, it’s true every place.”

She spoke about Republicans’ plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the new president’s stance on climate change and his “build a wall” hard-line stance on immigration.

“Trump and the Republicans promise to make America worse,” she said.

  • Emily Schultheis

    Emily Schultheis is a reporter/editor for CBS News Digital.