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March on Raleigh plans to give voice to thousands of women

Posted January 17
Updated January 18

— If all goes according to plan, thousands will fill Fayetteville Street on Saturday for the {{a href="external_link-1}}Women’s March on Raleigh{{/a}}, planned at the same time as the massive Women’s March on Washington.

Many of the women preparing for the event Tuesday evening did not know each other before arriving. Organizer Shana Becker said she has never done something like the planned march before.

“It is important not to get discouraged or afraid,” Becker said.

The march in downtown Raleigh is intended to give women a voice that some feel was lost in the recent political climate.

“I am concerned about paid maternity leave. I am concerned about the wage gap. I am concerned about my reproductive rights,” said organizer Carly Jones.

Jones envisions thousands of women marching through downtown Raleigh. The event starts at City Plaza outside the Marriott at 10:30 a.m., heads up Fayetteville Street to Martin Street and ends at Moore Square with an 11:30 a.m. rally.

In a Tuesday evening planning meeting at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, volunteers decorated signs and learned interest in their event is only getting bigger, growing by a thousand people in one day.

Jones said she wants participants to keep marching long after the rally. The main goal of the event is to connect women to organizations fighting for what matters to them.

“We don’t just want this to be another rally. We don’t want this to just be another march,” she said.

As of Tuesday night, more than 5,000 people have signed up on the event’s Facebook page to attend the rally. Another 8,000 more said they were interested.


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  • Catherine Edwards Jan 19, 2017
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    People protest when they perceive things are unfair. It's meant to bring light to that unfairness. I see that many of the commenters here do need some issues involving women to come to light. Already they are becoming aware of the idea of reproductive rights. I see all that as a positive.

    As for the wage gap it's not about women who drop out of the labor force for a while getting paid less. It's about having the same education, experience, skills and knowledge as a man and not getting compensated on the same level as a man.

  • Ed Ray Jan 19, 2017
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    Yes Pete I would be asking the same questions if it were men, children, cows, horses. Who is paying the police to block streets and watch this protest. Are these police being taken off the streets to do this or they bring officers that are off duty. Are we (the tax payer) paying to have the police there and who is paying for the clean up.

  • Thomas Covenant Jan 18, 2017
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    Funny thing is- women weren't "silenced" in the last election! The majority of non-minority women voted for Trump.

    So, this is really just another excuse for folks that didnt get their way to complain...

  • Pete Knowles Jan 18, 2017
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    I am embarrassed by the comments here. Is a march by women, which will be attended by many men, children and families of these women, viewed as some sort of threat to you people? If this was march by men, would you feel the same way? Wayne Smith has said that these women don't represent 'mainstream" women. These ARE mainstream women. These are women from all walks of life, that feel there is a need for this, and I agree. I will proudly join them on Jan.21.

  • Ed Ray Jan 18, 2017
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    Have they pulled a permit. Will the police be there to make sure that the streets will not be blocked. Is my tax dollars paying for the set up and clean up of this "march". Who are paying for the police to block off and direct traffic. in this area. These are questions I have.

  • Wayne Smith Jan 18, 2017
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    These women do not represent the mainstream woman. I know anyone with intellect understands that.

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 18, 2017
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    Notice their national ad that stated all women with purpose will be marching, yet quitely announced prolife advocates would be denied, hippocrites, liars

  • Wayne Smith Jan 18, 2017
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    “I am concerned about paid maternity leave, I am concerned about the wage gap, I am concerned about my reproductive rights,” said organizer Carly Jones. Let's interject some logic in that last statement. If you are away from work you have less continual experience than someone who has stayed at work. Therefore wage gap. They have more continual experience than you. Miss Jones needs to quite regurgitating the same old clichés and educate herself.

    Patrick: reproductive rights are YOU paying for her birth control.

  • Patrick Morningstar Jan 18, 2017
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    What the heck are reproductive rights? Is someone stopping this woman from reproducing?? I think what she is concerned about is her perceived right to have unprotected sex and kill the baby if she doesn't have time for it. At what point did women start viewing the gift of child birth as a plague?

  • Michael Bawden Jan 18, 2017
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    What are "reproductive rights"?

    Since the act of "lovemaking" is no longer required for a woman to conceive, women no longer need to have physical contact men. They can shop online like any dating site for the right donor.

    Heterosexual men and women that marry for the purpose of starting a lifelong journey together and possibly raise children using THEIR combined DNA for ancestoral reasons is now considered some type of phobia.

    The "Mad Men" era is over. I believe there are more women enrolled at UNC than men. Women are becoming the breadwinners or staying single and ordering "DNA" and raising a child by themselves.

    My advice for young men is to store your "DNA" and get "fixed". Make sure the woman says yes. Remember, from now on physical contact is no longer needed. "lovemaking" must be conensual and if you are fixed and protected from STDs, have a blast! March ON!

    The thousands of women that march in Raleigh will remind us how irrelavent we men are to the "Circle of Life"