Women's March Takes Over Streets for Fourth Consecutive Year
Photos: Women's March Santa Barbara
By edhat staff
Over a thousand people gathered at the Sunken Garden on Saturday afternoon and marched for the fourth consecutive Women's March.
While the crowd was smaller than the initial 2017 march, it was no less passionate with colorful signs and inspirational t-shirts with this year's theme of "Women Rising."
Groups gathered at 1:00 p.m. to make signs while enjoying an "empowerment dance" by World Dance for Humanity.
Assemblymember Monique Limón, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and leaders of other local community organizations spoke to the crowd before marching down State Street to De La Guerra Plaza.
Women’s March California is comprised of chapters throughout California and is part of a national movement to unify and empower those who stand for women’s rights, human rights, and social justice.
Santa Barbara was one of the 200+ demonstrations in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Brussels. This year's Women's March movement focused on three main issues: climate change, reproductive rights, and immigration.
The initial Women's March took place on January 21, 2017, as a worldwide protest the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump as many of his statements were sexist and offensive to women and minorities. It was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history and quite possibly the largest in Santa Barbara history as thousands took to the streets.
According to national organizers, the goal was to "send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights".