PHOENIX- Around 20,000 people took to the streets of downtown Phoenix Saturday morning in an effort to show support for women’s rights in Arizona and across the country.
Demonstrators who marched in the Valley did so in solidarity with those taking part in the Women’s March at the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. and hundreds of others in cities and towns across the country.
“I think it’s important for women’s rights and we’re standing strong with a huge crowd,” said one protester.
The march in Phoenix began and circled back to end at the Arizona State Capitol.
Organizers say the goal of the coinciding rallies was to show strength at a time when they feel women’s rights are being threatened under the Trump administration.
Abortion, equal pay and affordable health care are some of the issues demonstrators are fighting to protect.
“I think we’re leaving a mess for our daughters. That we’ve gone backwards on women’s rights, on health care and many other things. So I needed my voice to be heard,” said Mary Buys.
One day after President Trump’s inauguration, many felt a message needed to be sent.
“Make sure Trump and our representatives listen to us. Know that we’re not just going to sit here and let things go that are not right,” said Sandy Bennett.
While the crowd swelled to massive numbers the protest remained peaceful with many telling 12 News they left feeling energized and hopeful.
“I feel a lot of love out here. Everyone is nice and kind. Everyone is supporting one another. I think it’s great,” said Jaclyn Smith.