PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — Thousands rallied at the State House Saturday afternoon for Rhode Island’s Women’s March.
The strong turnout was mirrored at events in cities worldwide where demonstrators rallied for female empowerment.
Waving signs and chanting, participants in Providence marched several blocks to the State House lawn where speakers addressed the crowd.
Governor Gina Raimondo was among those in attendance.
“There’s well over a thousand people here, men, women, kids. It’s a really optimistic feeling here. People are coming together to stand up for tolerance, stand up for women’s rights, stand up for equality,” said Raimondo.
Organizers tell the Providence Journal that the event was focused on efforts to register women to vote and connect people to volunteers to social justice organizations such as Indivisible RI, the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Day One, and The Woman Project.
Activists hope to continue momentum from the 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches that created solidarity for those opposed to President Donald Trump’s views on issues including abortion, immigration and LGBT rights.