PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Demonstrators turned out by the thousands on Sunday as they hit the pavement in a show of unity, strength, and endurance for the annual Portland Womxn’s March.
“Today means the rise of women, empowering women, and me, as a mother, passing that on to my daughter,” said Julie Johnson, who was in Sunday’s crowd.
“It’s honestly so empowering. It’s really empowering to have these really strong women here in our community that are just coming together for such an amazing cause,” said Phoebe Langwell, another marcher.
The event began with a rally at noon in the South Park Blocks at Portland State University and was followed with a “short, lively march” at 1 p.m. Organizers said this march was in part to remember and honor women “who struggled as early pioneers, suffragettes, civil rights activists and warriors for our rights.”
“There is really a different energy when you’re with a group of women who are all coming out and talking about ways we can improve each other’s lives and ways that we can support each other in kind of shared experiences and shared values,” said Colleen O’Connor. “It’s just an amazing space.”
The “x” in the spelling of women for the event was “to recognize the importance of inclusion of people targeted by sexism,” their website stated, adding Seattle and Denver are also now using this spelling.
“It’s not every day you get to go out and you get to see all the comradery in us and you get to see all of us come together,” said Micaela Tomas. “It’s a really huge meaning, just looking back at the whole march and seeing everyone with their signs up and it’s an overwhelming feeling of support and I’m just really grateful to be a part of it.”
In 2019, about 3,500 people attended the rally and march. The marches have been a part of America’s political landscape following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and the Rose City has been taking part since the beginning. The first Womxn’s March in Downtown Portland in 2017 was one of the largest political protests in Oregon history.
The Womxn’s March, billed as a family-friendly event, had a number of different sponsors, with fiscal sponsorship from the YWCA of Greater Portland.
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