Mid-Southerners Head To Women's March On Washington

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Thousands of people nationwide are now heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Women's March on Washington Saturday.

This includes more than a dozen women from Oxford, Mississippi, who say coming together in solidarity will show the new President that they demand the respect they deserve.

Most of the women and men who will be marching in Washington say they're participating simply to be heard.

"It's very personal for a lot of women, knowing that we have a President who admits to grabbing women because he can get away it and he's powerful,” says Cristen Hemmins.

The group of 14 women from Oxford say for them, it's a respect issue. They say they were appalled by some of President Trump's comments about women, which they called offensive and demeaning.

The group wants to send a bold message to President Trump that women's rights are human rights and they demand to be treated as equals. They say he needs to show some respect and be a role model for the younger generation.

"I have three children and I'd like to think that the president could be a role model for them,” says Hemmins. “I'd like to see him be a role model for my kids, but I think he'd have to do a lot of soul searching for that to happen."

More than a hundred locals also boarded buses in Midtown Memphis Friday afternoon bound for D. C. They, too, want to have a voice.

They feel president Trump doesn't respect women or minorities and they say he needs to change his ways and his words, because everyone should be treated as equals. 

There's also a local march for those who couldn't travel to D. C. The Memphis Women's March will start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Participants will march down Second Street from the Shelby County Courthouse to the National Civil Rights Museum.


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