WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH/AP) — “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. We are looking for equality and everyone to be treated equally,” said Wendy Sherman Heckler, senior vice president of Otterbein University.
That was the purpose of the women’s march in Westerville Saturday. People started at Westerville City Hall and marched with signs through the streets to Otterbein University.
“It seems like every day women’s rights are being challenged,” said volunteer Marty Freado. “Legislatures are making decisions about women without talking to women.”
Despite the rain and cold weather, at least 100 people showed up to march.
“It is raining and cold,” said volunteer Ashley Pryor. “I see little kids here, all the way to seasoned adults. It’s truly inspiring and reminded me why and the importance of being out here.”
“We are women and we won’t melt and the women who fought for our right to vote went through a lot greater challenges than a little rain,” added Freado.
Some of the hot topics at the march were equal pay and decisions made about women’s bodies.
“Listen to all voices,” Heckler said. “We all deserve a place at the table.”
As we head to the polls this year, people said it’s important that women stand up for themselves.
“It’s about the future and women in the past fought for me to be here and I need to make sure we are moving and trending in the right direction,” Pryor said.
Across the country, thousands gathered in cities as part of the nationwide Women’s March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights, and immigration.
The fourth annual marches were aimed to harness the political power of women, although crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years.
The first marches in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies on the day after President Trump was inaugurated.
The protesters planned to march around the White House on Saturday, but Trump wasn’t there. He is spending the holiday weekend at his resort in Florida.