#MeToo movement fuels Women's March in Nashville, draws 15,000 attendees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 15,000 people attended the Tennessee Women’s March 2.0 in downtown Nashville.
The second annual march and rally started at Public Square Park and ended at Bicentennial Mall.
There were several families with young children in attendance.
Michelle Andrade brought her 8-year-old and 12-year-old daughters.
“I want my girls to feel empowered,” Andrade said. “I want them to have their feet on the ground and tell people what they believe. I also want them to see that other people have other opinions than we do but it doesn't make them wrong and we can love them where they are.”
Also in the large crowd of people, Vanderbilt grad student Joni-Marie Cunningham and her 13 month old son Victor.
“My husband is also a huge feminist so I made this sign and it says ‘Feminist like Daddy’ because Victor is going to be a feminist,” Cunningham said. “He’s raised by powerful women and a very supportive man.”
What’s different at this year’s event, the #MeToo movement that has swept the nation as women speak up about sexual assault and harassment.
“Whenever my Facebook feed and my Twitter feed was flooded with #MeToo that showed how prominent that problem is and that problem needs to be addressed,” Cunningham said. “I don't know a single woman in my life who cannot say #MeToo myself included.”
“I think it's beautiful that people are starting to feel safe to speak their truth about things,” Andrade said. “I think that's a really great peace that needs to happen for all of us.”
Several men also stood with midstate women at the march and rally including Nashville dad Mark Doyle. He and his wife brought their five year old and two year old daughters. The dad of two young girls also weighed in on the #MeToo movement.
“I'm glad more women are able to talk about it openly and to find a sisterhood supporting community in which they feel it's okay to actually come out of the dark about this sort of thing,” Doyle said.