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Tennesseeans Join Women's Marches This Weekend

A million people are expected to converge on the nation's capital this weekend for the Women's March on Washington, with similar events in several Tennessee cities. (miguellara/morguefile)
A million people are expected to converge on the nation's capital this weekend for the Women's March on Washington, with similar events in several Tennessee cities. (miguellara/morguefile)
January 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The number of participants in the Women's March on Washington and local sister events in Tennessee and other states this weekend is estimated to be in the millions.

And if the buzz on social media is any indication, the event will be one for the history books.

Organizers say they're calling attention to a variety of social justice issues, including human rights, the environment, fair pay and living wages.

Becky Morgan France, Tennessee state coordinator for the Women's March, calls herself an accidental activist, having never previously participated in this type of event.

"We can find out the things that unite us, which are more than the things that divide us – and that's exciting because now, we can organize and make sure that our representatives hear our voices," she states.

The Women's March on Washington and similar events nationwide have been planned in less than 10 weeks, following the controversial outcome of the presidential election.

This Saturday, marchers in Nashville will meet at 10 a.m. at Cumberland Park, and in Memphis at 10 a.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse.

Organizers say they are campaigning in solidarity to protect rights they feel could be threatened by the incoming administration and divisive political climate of the country.

France says she hopes her fellow marchers will take their enthusiasm far beyond this weekend.

"That's what I would like to see, is to have a more involved voting population that takes time to really learn about the issues – not just a soundbite – and educate themselves,” she states. “And then, we will have a better government."

Details about the events by state are online at WomensMarch.com.


Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - TN