Thousands march for equality at Women's March on Philadelphia

Hadas Kuznits
January 19, 2019 - 3:28 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Thousands of people marched for equality Saturday at the third annual Women's March on Philadelphia. 

Despite internal turmoil, and controversies plaguing the national Women's March, the local Women's March on Philadelphia had a huge turnout.

"We did have a lot of problems but we left our egos out of it," said Women's March board member Deja Lynn Alvarez. "And this is the result of making sure that we remember this isn't about any one of us, this is about all of us!"

Nicole Sanders was one of thousands who came out to the march, and she brought her 11-year-old daughter with her.

"If you don't stand up and they don't see you standing up for what you believe in, they might believe that you don't need the rights that you want," Sanders said, "or they might believe that you don't think it's important."

Sanders says she's motivated to march by numerous important issues that women face.

"I think violence against women, I think gun violence and I think just equality and voting suppression," she said, "and those kinds of things that we've been seeing over the last couple of years."

Politics were incentive for others to take part.

"Women's rights are at risk right now with the government as it stands," said one woman, "and I feel like we don't need to revert back to the 1950's."

And all agreed that change can happen when a big group of people comes together for one common goal.

"The world, the country, our legislatures, they need to know we have a voice, we vote and we can make a difference!"