First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. (Mahatma Gandhi, 19th-20th century independence leader in India)
Gandhi demonstrated what progress was like in the long battle for independence in India. Are there some lessons to learn from him for today? Initial protests are often not heard, at least not from those whose actions are being challenged. Then, they are scorned and made light of. Too often that leads to actual conflict. But, in the end, if the protest is just, patience most often wins out. Stick to it!
Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones. (Proverbs 25:15)