Thousands join Women’s March in Wichita

Local

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A large crowd of marchers, armed with signs and megaphones, rallied in Wichita today.

Starting at the Keeper of the Plains, more than two-thousand people marched from the Keeper, to just outside the City Hall building.

Organizers say the march was to show support for those marching in Washington, D.C. and across the nation and the world.

Many at the rally say their goal is to educate and empower women of every background.

“I thought we would have maybe 20 to 50 people. Not many,” Women’s March coordinator Brandi Calvert said. “The amount of support in our community has definitely exceeded expectations.”

No official numbers have come out yet, the event’s Facebook page states at least 2,000 people marched through Wichita.

“It’s very important for our voices to be heard, especially in a time like this: when we are not happy with the President,” said marcher Amy Stockhem. “We are not going anywhere.”

Stockhem marched in the rally with her sister, Lisa.

“I just love the energy, I love that we’re here and there are people doing the same thing in city’s all over the United States,” said Lisa Stockhem.

Marches across the country were also in support of women’s rights, and a call to action to hold newly inaugurated President Donald Trump accountable for human and women’s rights.

“There’s no better time than now to empower each other and reiterate the fact that love will win,” said Calvert.

Calvert says Wichita police officers were on-hand, helping block the streets and keep the peace.

Those who participated in the march, like Lisa Stockhem, hope their voice will be heard, as a stepping stone toward a united change.

“We’re here, and we vote and not everyone agrees with what is going on and just we’re united,” said Lisa Stockhem.

A march in Topeka also saw more than 2,000 on hand where people demanded more attention to women’s rights, and others asked women to get involved in Kansas polititcs.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Download the KSN News App and stay up-to-date wherever you are. You can even watch KSN News live for free!
Click here to get the app
Get it in the App store
Get it in the Google Play store

3 Day Forecast

KSN Storm Track 3 Weather

Trending Stories