Washington D.C. (CBC, March 9,2017):Protesters who rallied in Washington, D.C., for International Women’s Day Wednesday said this year’s event was different.
“It absolutely has a feeling of urgency,” said Sarah Leonard. “There has not been a women’s day like this in the United States in years.”
The demonstrators first gathered at Freedom Plaza before marching a few blocks to Lafayette Park, across from the White House, where they demanded U.S. President Donald Trump reverse policies they say threaten their freedoms and put women around the world at risk.
The rally was one of many events held across the U.S. to mark International Women’s Day. Large gatherings were also held in Los Angeles and New York and cities in between.
“It’s important that we are organized and we show unified opposition to these anti-choice and dangerous attacks on women’s health care,” said Anne Bailey, a field organizer with the pro-choice group NARAL, one of organizers of the D.C. protest.
A woman named Danielle, who did not want to give her surname, made her point by wearing duct tape over her mouth and a pair of gloves taped to her bare breasts, with letters stuck on her torso spelling out “Hands off my body!”
The protesters, including some men, were concerned about access to abortion for women abroad and at home.
“There is no reason that women should not have control over their own bodies,” said Austin Barry.