Protestors in Iowa City Women’s March Push For “Human Rights”

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Protestors in Iowa City Women’s March Push For “Human Rights”

The marchers sport signs with many different sayings.

The marchers sport signs with many different sayings.

Zoë Miller

The marchers sport signs with many different sayings.

Zoë Miller

Zoë Miller

The marchers sport signs with many different sayings.

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As the winds blew people began to gather. They held colorful signs and chanted. The crowd grew and grew as the time got closer to 11:00. Finally, it was time for the march to begin.

On January 19, 2019, people gathered in the Iowa City ped mall for the third annual Women’s March. Similar marches were held around the country. The march began with three speakers: Mazahir Salih, Mary Mascher, and Royceann Porter. Once the speakers finished, the group marched around downtown Iowa City.

The speakers’ speeches focused on the progress that has been made and the change that they hope for in the future. At one point people were encouraged to hug each other to show love and unity.

“I’m marching today because while I’m seeing change happening, it’s not happening fast enough. I hope that someday I can raise my daughters in a world that’s better than the one I’m growing up in,” said Ally Andreasin.

The march had a smaller turnout than the ones from previous years due to the cold weather. It was about 19 degrees, paired with strong winds.

After the speakers had presented, the march began. People marched along Clinton Street, chanting, “Women’s rights are human rights.”

“I think it’s important that women’s voices are heard. We need to start making the pathway right for our country again,” Marianne Davenport, a City High parent, said.

There was a common thread of the want of change throughout the people at the march.

“I am here today because the government as it is right now needs to change. Everyone just needs to change and realize different perspectives and recognize that intersectionality needs to be approached,” said Emily Hansen.

This slideshow includes photos from the march as well as photos of specific people, their signs and the reason why they marched.

 

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  • Mazahir Salih addressing the crowd on Saturday January 19, 2019.

  • “I am here today because the government as it is right now needs to change. Everyone just needs to change and realize different perspectives and recognize that intersectionality needs to be approached,” said Emily Hansen, pictured on the right.

  • People hug one another to express love and unity.

  • “I’m here today because I think it’s important that we stand up for what we believe in and we shouldn't just let other people take away our rights,” said Claire Kelly, a City High alumnus.

  • Women spanning many generations came out to march.

  • “Today I am marching for equal rights for all people no matter their gender, sexuality, race, or ethnicity. I’m fighting for equal rights today,” Eddie said.

  • Once the speakers have finished talking, people began to march.

  • “I think it’s important that women’s voices are heard. We need to start making the pathway right for our country again,” Marianne Davenport, a City High parent, said.

  • The marchers sport signs with many different sayings.

  • “I’m marching today because while I'm seeing change happening it’s not happening fast enough. I hope that someday I can raise my daughters in a world that’s better than the one I’m growing up in,” said Ally Andreasin, pictured on the right.

  • People gather in downtown Iowa City for the 2019 Women's March.