One youngster held a sign declaring: “Girls R Gonna Save the World!”
Another read: “The Future is Female,” while a third insisted: “She Persisted.”
An estimated crowd of 300,000, including many from South Pasadena, filled the streets of Los Angeles last Saturday for the fourth annual Women’s March.
Signs supporting women’s rights were everywhere. On held on urging women to “Be the Face of Change,” while another showing a baby read: “Marching for Her Future.”
The rally gathered at Pershing Square from which the crowd marched to City Hall shortly past 10 a.m., and concluded in the afternoon following a series of remarks by politicians and musical performances.
Among those speaking to the crowd were Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass, transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of Gov. Gavin Newsom and others.
Grammy-winning singer Seal and “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks were among those who performed from the staging area.
Many demanded that the next president of the United States have a clear agenda to advance women’s rights. The marches, which first began in 2017, are held in major cities across the country every January.
The Los Angeles march was organized by the Women’s March L.A. Foundation, which billed the event as “an inclusive, non-partisan march and everyone who supports women’s rights is welcome.”
Its purpose, as outlined on the organization’s website reads: Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”