Nearly 2,000 people attend Nashville's Women's March Rally


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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thousands of people gathered across the country and across the world Saturday for the Women's March – a global movement supporting women's rights.

    Nashville was no exception, as nearly 2,000 people gathered downtown for the cause.

    This is the third year for this march, which started in 2017 when millions of people around the world flooded the streets protesting President Trump's inauguration and pushing for women's rights.

    The gloomy, rainy day didn't stop hundreds of people from standing up for what they believe.

    “It's the women's wave, so some water, you know, we're not going to melt,” said Secretary & Acting Treasurer of Women’s March Tennessee Cassandra Anello. “Women's right are human rights, and human rights are women's rights,” she said.

    “I'm a woman, I’m an immigrant worker, I live with a preexisting health condition, and I think – in all of those three aspects – I have rights,” said Maita Schade.

    It's a global movement, which began with protesting the current president a couple of years ago.

    Lydia Shoup was in Berlin at the time.

    “Everyone cared. Like, you think it's just Americans getting worked up about it, but everyone else had a lot of fervor and a lot of passion around the issue; it was super cool.”

    “Women deserve absolute equality, and, I think, our current administration does not endow them with that,” said Stephen Phelps. He’s with the Sunday Assembly, a non-religious gathering for people who want a communal experience.

    This year, it was a rally; Nashvillians couldn't march because of Governor Bill Lee's inauguration.

    But they're excited about this, and hope this new leadership will help further the women's agenda of ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, immigrant rights, and many others.

    “This is such a huge day in Tennessee. It's the first-time Governor Bill Lee has held office; it's a blank slate. He gets to hear us, hear our message, hear about the women's agenda,” said Anello.

    About 1,800 people showed up for the march Saturday.

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