MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of people from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. for the third annual Women’s March Saturday.
The event started with a half-mile march past Trump International Hotel, which was followed by a rally at Freedom Plaza, featuring performers and speakers.
The inaugural march took place in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump was sworn in.
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Single-digit temperatures didn’t deter the thousands of people who marched on the streets of Minnesota’s capital city in the third year of the Women’s March.
The march started at Western Sculpture Park on Marion Street and led to the Capitol, where the crowd gathered to hear from students, activists and lawmakers.
“Two weeks ago I was sworn into Congress with the most diverse and female freshman class,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said.
“Huge progress, especially with all the women that are announcing they’re running for president, it’s encouraging, but there’s still work to be done and we’re not going to stop,” Sally Spreeman said.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar told the crowd she is proud to be part of progress but there is more work to be done going beyond just women’s rights.
“When we speak about equity we’re talking about economic justice, we are talking about environmental justice, we are talking about LGBTQ rights justice, we’re talking about the protection of transgender folks,” Rep. Omar said.
“Women have been beaten back and I want to support everything I can,” Warren Stouffer said.
Stouffer was at the rally with his wife and stepdaughter.
While the cold didn’t dampen the crowd’s spirit, the attendance was significantly smaller compared to 2017 when there were around 100,000 people gathered on the Capitol grounds.
The Women’s March was first held after President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017. In Minnesota, it was the largest demonstration in state history.