WASHINGTON – Hundreds of thousands of people—women, men, and children—poured into the streets of the nation’s capital on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington.
Organizers planned to lead a formal march to the White House, but because of the large number of people that turned out, they had to abandon those plans. An estimated 500,000 people turned out for the march, according to a D.C. Capitol official.
The entire planned route was filled with people wearing pink hats and holding signs in support of women’s rights and against Trump’s agenda. Many of the women fear they will lose certain liberties under a Trump presidency.
Multiple groups from Indiana traveled to D.C. to participate in the Women’s March. One group from Indianapolis traveled through the night in chartered bus and arrived on Saturday morning.
One of the march participants from Indy, Kate Baffoee, talked about why she wanted to make the trip. "I decided we couldn't sit by the sidelines anymore. We had to come and show our support because it's not just about women's rights, it's also about amplifying voices of women who may experience issues that we aren't experiencing on a daily basis based on the fact that we have white privilege. We're trying to be here as a sisterhood and talk about a wide range of issues and show unity."
Baffoee recently created a blog to open up a dialogue and discuss these issues as well as her experience at the Women's March.
In addition to those who traveled to Washington, there was also a large turnout in Indianapolis at the statehouse. Holding signs for women’s rights, thousands of people, including Mayor Joe Hogsett, participated in the local rally pledging not to be silent if President Donald Trump makes good on some of his campaign promises.