The first Morgantown Women’s March was held on Sunday afternoon.
Mountaineers for Progress, Morgantown National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and many other organizations gathered Sunday to hold a rally in support of women’s rights. This was inspired by the Women’s March on Washington.
“It’s one of the most empowering things in my life. Last year, I went to Washington D.C. in March and it was empowering, it was inspiring, and so, I’m really proud to march locally today with the women that I’ve met from this past year, and be able to bring that here to Morgantown,” said Mindy Salango, Mountaineers for Progress.
More than a hundred people gathered in front of West Virginia University’s student Union for the rally.
“We decided to march today, both in the anniversary of last year’s women’s march. There wasn’t one held in Morgantown last year. We wanted one to be in Morgantown this year. Also, many of us are marching in Handmaid’s costumes from the novel by Margaret Atwood, the Handmaid’s Tale. We’re here standing up for the right of women, intersectional feminism, and working towards a more just, peaceful future,” said Johanna Winant, organizer.
Several community members spoke to the group before they marched silently, representing women who have been silenced for so long.
“To let our government know, and our leaders know, that we are not going to be silent, they are not going to have the comfort of our silence any longer. That we are going to speak out. And that we are going to raise our voices in the voting booth,” said Salango.