From young to old, over 20,000 people came to First Ward Park, chanting and waving their signs to kick off the Second annual Charlotte’s Women’s March.
“I think it’s awesome that I am a part of something so big,” 14-year-old Jasmine White said.
It’s a repeat of 2017’s Charlotte’s Women’s March but this time organizer say this is the new and improved version.
“We got the test run out of the way, everyone is a little bit more prepared of what to expect,” Charlotte’s Women’s March Organizer Calla Hales said
Organizers wanted the march to be completely different from last year by bringing in speakers and they worked with CMPD to close down the roads to make sure the march went quickly and smoothly.
One thing that didn’t change, the mix of topics and ideas. Still at the top of their list: Women’s Rights, Health Care issues and Women in Politics.
“Everyone was angry and upset and wanted to speak their opinions and in the past year. We’ve realized that the things we are angry about, haven’t been changing. So, this has become a movement and it’s becoming more inclusive and more diverse,” Hales said.
Organizers say this is the push that people need to keep the movement going all year long
“The Charlotte Women’s March is not just a march. It’s a movement. After the march, it energizes us to act and after the march, then we go out into the community and participate in all kinds of different organizations,” Charlotte’s Women’s March President Jan Anderson said.
“I’m making a huge difference for people in our school and just women in general who feel they don’t have a voice but you do, you have to be out there for it,” White said.