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Women's March rallies in downtown Bay City

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Women filled the streets throughout the country marking the anniversary of last year’s Women’s March.

The streets of Bay City echoed with some of the same chants heard all around the world almost one year ago today.

Jannie Kravetz, the organizer of the march, was inspired by last year’s record-breaking Women’s March so she brought the movement back, this time right her to Mid-Michigan.

“Not everyone can travel to DC and not everyone can go to Lansing so it was an opportunity to do something local so that people could just come and even say something here in Bay City,” Kravetz said.

In just six short days, word of the march spread like a wildfire across social media. Dozens just like Abbigail Behmlander took to the streets of Bay City to make their voices heard.

“It’s awesome, I honestly didn’t think that we’d even probably have like 10 people, but there’s way more than that and that’s awesome to see,” Behmlander said.

People grabbed their pink hats and picket signs for a ton of reasons. Women’s rights of course, but have you heard anything from immigration to Oprah for president?

Two big topics of today’s march were equal pay for women and the #MeToo movement.

Behmlander is a Pre-Med student at Saginaw Valley State University. She said as a future doctor it’s important she’s paid just the same as men.

“It’s just so important to show the support for women all around the world and to just make an impact in any way you can,” Behmlander said.

Kravetz sees this as a more than just a women’s rights issue, she said any progress for women is progress for human rights too.

“You know it affects all of us in so many different ways and I think people want to be heard and women want to be heard so everybody needs to hear it,” Kravetz said.

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