Thousands march for equality at second Women's March on Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Thousands of men, women, and children marched through the streets of Roanoke Saturday afternoon for the Women's March.
This year is the second march after historic turnouts across the country in 2017.
The march in Roanoke started at Elmwood Park and made its way through downtown.
Last year more than 4,500 people showed up to the park to protest. This year, organizers were expected double that number.
The march included several guest speakers and performers who spoke about access to healthcare, women's rights to making choices regarding their bodies and equal pay.
"I'd like to express that we need to have more women coming out to vote and support other women in the area or nothings going to change. And its a shame that we have to keep doing this every single year to stay visible but i guess this is what we've gotta do," Jessie Hirsh said.
According to the organizers, events like these will continue to be important in order to keep voters mobilized.
They shared that they hope with every event they will come closer to true equality.