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While thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. for President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, a planned protest drew masses into the city on Saturday – including several residents of Hampton Roads.
The “Women’s March on Washington” drew feminists from across region, including retired Old Dominion University professor Janet Bing, who said she is marching in support of ideologies born nearly 50 years ago.
In the mid ‘60s, Bing participated in marches that represented women’s rights and racial equality. The Women’s March, she said, echoes concepts from yester years.
“This march will probably be like the Martin Luther King march,” Bing said. “We’ve got to do something. We can’t just sit back.”
Norfolk resident Nicole Carry said she also believes the march is a push to further equality, not just for women but all marginalized communities. Carry was the first LGBTQ identifying Norfolk city council member. She said that what’s most important to her is that more than half of the United States population are women, but less than 20 percent hold government offices.
“I’m absolutely fighting for parity,” Carry said. “I expect seamlessness between the sexes and equal opportunity without boundaries.”
Carrie Short, 47, of Norfolk, started crying when she was asked about why she attended the march.
“It’s all the issues that are important to us,” Short said. “If we don’t start strong, they’re going to barrel over us. We’re here. We’re going to be included.”