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Organizers estimate 17,000 gather in Raleigh for Women's March

Posted January 21
Updated June 12

— Thousands of people on Saturday gathered in downtown Raleigh for the Women's March to express concern about the future of women's rights under President Donald Trump's administration.

Health care, the environment, women's rights and love are matters these marchers fear could be trampled by a Trump presidency.

Members of the crowd, bearing homemade signs, flooded Fayetteville Street to voice their opinions just one day after Trump's inauguration.

I'm not comfortable as a woman or citizen, so i want my voice to be heard and i want to stand with other women," protester Valerie Scott said.

Organizers estimated 17,000 people turned out for the event. A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department said the department does not give estimates of crowd sizes because it's difficult to be accurate.

"I'm concerned that women are going to be treated differently because they're a woman, and they think we can't do what men can do," protester Nila Hines said.

"I've never been so depressed after an election as I was this year. many days I stayed curled up in my bed, and I said 'You know what, I just got to get out and speak," protester Sandra Sanchez said.

Raleigh protesters were part of the millions of other people who protested around the United States and the world Saturday.

Cities around the world, such as Sydney, Paris and Copenhagen, joined Raleigh, Charlotte and Washington, D.C., in similar marches. Dozens of other cities in the United States, including Denver, San Francisco and Seattle, held marches, as well. Raleigh's Women's March was one of several marches in cities across the state, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville and Wilmington.

"I've never been so depressed after an election as I was this year. many days I stayed curled up in my bed, and I said 'You know what, I just got to get out and speak," protester Sandra Sanchez said.


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  • Benjamin Kite Jan 25, 4:35 p.m.
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    Trump organizers say their crowd in Raleigh numbered over 3 billion. These alternate facts are confirmed by Fox News.

  • K Hope Capps Jan 25, 3:00 p.m.
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    A woman's place IS in the House. And the Senate. And the WHITE HOUSE. Please climb out of 1853.

  • K Hope Capps Jan 25, 2:59 p.m.
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    1. This country has always been great.
    2. He is already enacting hurtful policy and submitting unqualified people for leadership roles. He had a chance, he's blown it.
    3. I do pray for this country. I pray hard.
    4. The Womens Marches WERE positive.

  • K Hope Capps Jan 25, 2:52 p.m.
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    Perhaps they got home in plenty of time to make a meal. Sheesh Jenny Miller what are you cooking that takes you a whole Saturday to make?!

  • Judy Loftin Jan 22, 3:55 p.m.
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    They are ruining the black lives movement. They have been forgotten. That is the only good thing about this group

  • Erika Phipps Jan 22, 12:51 p.m.
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    Of course it wasn't all about the inauguration of Mr. Trump, it's no accident it was the day before the anniversary of Roe v Wade decision. THAT's why some women weren't welcome, and even more of us just weren't interested. They knew it, and we knew it. (And with all that walking, wouldn't your rather march on Saturday than Sunday?)

  • Deb Schwartz Jan 22, 11:16 a.m.
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    😳😳😳 Is this a real question?

  • Kevin Weidner Jan 22, 5:53 a.m.
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    I'm just left wondering why Sandra Sanchez was there.

  • Judy Loftin Jan 22, 4:07 a.m.
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    We don't believe the organizers, or the media. Women against abortion, and for HB2 were not allowed to participate. The rally was not about women's rights, it was about the President of the United States. Thank you President Trump!!!!!

  • Ashley Moore Jan 22, 3:34 a.m.
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    Therein lies the problem with this country. Disagreement used to lead to discussion which lead to learning. Now, when two sides disagree, the callback other names. When did society turn into elementary school recess?