Thousands rally in Women’s March across the country, hundreds in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds gathered for the Women’s Rally in Downtown Dayton Saturday afternoon.

700 people are expected to attend the rally that started at 1 p.m. at Courthouse Square. The rally is part of more than 600 “sister marches” covering all 50 states and 6 continents.

“To me that’s what this rally is about. Woman standing up and knowing that whatever comes our way,” Alicia Pagan said.”We will participate in a peaceful process.”

Representatives from various local organizations spoke at the event to show support for women’s rights and for the rights and dignity of all, regardless of race, religion, ethnic background, sexual preference, gender or economic status.

“Fundamentally we are ready to step up and do the work whoever is sitting in the White House,” Sommer McGuire said. “Whoever’s sitting there at the desk at the oval office. We are here. We are engaged . We care about our communities. We care about all Americans

The local rally was initiated by the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance as an opportunity for those who are unable to go to Washington to show their support.

“This is not an Anti-Trump rally,” Sarah Caplan said. “This is not an anti-anything rally. This is pro. This is for progress. This is for what we love and what we support and that for which we are in solidarity.”

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