Thousands of people from across the state gathered at the state Capitol for the Women’s March on Austin Saturday afternoon.
After the inauguration of President Trump, people across the country are also gathering for the Women’s March on Washington. The march in Austin was one of over 670 sister marches across the world. Event organizers say more than 50,000 people were in attendance, almost double the amount expected.
“I didn’t expect such a huge turnout, and everything has been positive. I haven’t run into anyone who has been against anything, it’s been incredible it kind of brings me to tears,” said Courtney Aubin, one of those marching.
A prayer service in front of the St. David’s Episcopal Church kicked off at 10 a.m., a march followed around noon.
Marchers left the Capitol around noon to walk down Congress Ave, toward 6th Street and head north on Lavaca to loop back again at the south steps of the Capitol.
The thousands in attendance came armed with signs, many stating that “women’s rights are human’s rights.”
“I’m here because we all deserve access to health care, no matter what,” said Aubin.
Aubin says she’s one of many who walked into Planned Parenthood when she was younger. “They gave me what I needed when i couldn’t turn to anyone else,” she said.
Other activists said they showed up to make sure future generations didn’t have their rights taken from them. “To be a part of that is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so happy to be here,” said Maria Markel.
Markel says behind the strong messages displayed Saturday afternoon, she sees a positive change happening in the country.
“This global unity has been amazing and a part of history,” said Markel. “If there is anything that’s positive that came out of this election is that people are motivated now to be involved and raise their voice.”
The event showcased a number of keynote speakers and performers including former Senator Wendy Davis, Representative Senfronia Thompson and speaker Lizzie Velasquez.