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'Remarchable' women's march draws crowds to uptown Charlotte

Women across our area took to the streets for the second Women's March Charlotte on Saturday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the second straight year, hundreds of thousands of people marched nationwide for women's rights Saturday.

Over in the Queen City, women across our area took to the streets of uptown Charlotte.

This year’s event dubbed, "Remarchable Women," kicked off at First Ward Park Saturday morning with speakers including Charlotte Mayor, Vi Lyles and Jill Dinwiddie of Planned Parenthood.

According to the Charlotte Women’s March website, the event was “devoted to uniting a diverse and inclusive group of individuals.”

One of the demonstrators said she was pleased to see a lot of youth get involved in the march. She said she brought her elementary school-aged daughter at the march.

"We get to celebrate all the women," said the demonstrator's daughter. "Not every day you get to celebrate women."

Last year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police estimated more than 10,000 people participated in the peaceful protest, including men, women and children.

Charlotte’s Women March is just one of thousands planned in cities around the world. Historians estimated an average four million Americans participated in the first Women’s March, making it one of the largest single-day demonstrations recorded in U.S. history.

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“It’s the perfect opportunity to teach them that experience and the power of their voice and power of working together and standing together,” said Kelly Finley, Founder and Executive Director of Girls Rock Charlotte, a non-profit which uses the power of the arts, music and film to teach girls and youth the confidence to stand up for themselves.