Across the state, thousands turn out for women's marches, rallies

Updated: Jan. 20, 2018 at 10:55 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration, millions of women across the nation took to the streets to march in solidarity bringing to light women's rights issues.

On Oahu, large crowd gathered Saturday morning at the state Capitol for the "People's Rally." The event included groups representing many different causes.

"Something happened a year ago and it shocked a lot us and moved us to action and we weren't just marching. We became involved. Women running for office all over. Changes are happening," co-organizer Eileen Gawrys said.

One participant said it's an opportunity for women and minorities to speak up.

"Showing solidarity with each other, strength in numbers," Julia Douglas said. "We're not alone in feeling upset about the direction things are going."

There was also large turnouts on the neighbor islands.

Over on the Valley Isle, organizers say roughly 5,000 people showed up for a march starting at UH Maui College. In Hilo, the wet weather didn't stop participants from marching after they checked out a civil engagement expo at Mooheau Bandstand.

A Wahine Power event will be held in Kona on Sunday.

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