The women include his late mother who graduated from
Repeating a common theme at Saturday's rally, Cartwright led the crowd in a chant declaring women's rights are human rights.
"I regret sincerely the kind of polarization that has gone on and it makes no sense particularly when we talk about women's rights," Cartwright told the cheering group of dozens of women and a few men. "This really shouldn't be a Democrat vs. Republican issue. It's a human issue."
NEPA NOW, Action Together NEPA and Queer NEPA organized the second "NEPA Women's March," which ended up being a rally advocating for women's rights and not a march as a result of the snowy weather.
Participants said last year's march was a huge success and they wanted to keep the momentum going in 2020, a pivotal year in the history of American politics.
As a sister of the national Women's March, they said they are focused on issues such as reproductive health rights, climate justice and immigration rights.
"I am a woman and proud to be a woman," Calderon said. "We have love for every person in this country, in this state and in this county."
"If we do not have control over the most basic functions of our bodies, we do not have control over our futures, our health, sometimes even our very survival," Davis said.
Davis said she hates the labels "pro-life" and "pro-choice," saying, "We cannot be pro-life without believing that the person carrying the child's life also matters."
During their speeches, a group of President
One Trump supporter,
"We believe in pro-life. We believe in the president. We think he has done an incredible job. No one can deny the job he has done," Green said. "We are definitely for babies. We want to save babies' lives. Whether they are on the inside of a belly or the outside, they deserve to have life. Late-term abortion, that is insanity."
As Cartwright spoke, one of
"I left my tractor-trailer at home," Cartwright told the crowd, who burst into laughter.
She said the initiative is important because 16.7% of children in
"There are thousands of girls across this state who go to school every day scared they will have no products to get them through the day," Aikens said. "If schools provide free tissues and free toilet paper for students, what is the difference is providing free tampons and providing free pads?"
House Bill 1708 seeks to make it mandatory for schools statewide serving female students in grades six through 12 to provide menstrual hygiene products in bathrooms at no cost. It is encountering resistance, however, she said.
"Not having menstrual products in schools is just one of the many examples of why women are disadvantaged in society today," Aikens said. "We need to continue this fight."
Moms Demand Action local leader
Citing statistics that about 1 million women in the country have been "shot or shot at" by an intimate partner and 52 women are killed with a firearm by a domestic partner every month, she said this is "unacceptable" and "has to stop."
Jacobsen said the federal Violence Against Women Act needs to be reauthorized. It should not only addresses domestic partners, but should include dangerous dating partners, she said.
"Over the past few years, women have come a long way," Rothchild said. "Look how many women have run for office and won. We are here winning. We made progress locally here in
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