WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Thousands of women will be marched to the polls on Saturday.
This year's Triad Women's March took place in Winston-Salem, and the big focus was on the 2018 elections and getting women registered to vote.
Vina Modaress is the event organizer of the 2018 Triad Women's March. She says 5,000 marchers were expected from across North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, and even Georgia.
Speakers focused on different topics such as education for children, discrimination in the workplace, and reproductive health.
Marchers had a moment of solidarity surrounding the #MeToo movement. Attendees raised their hands if they have been victims of sexual assault or experienced sexual harassment.
Modaress says the primary goal of the march is to encourage women to vote in every election, big or small, so that the issues they care about are advanced.
"More than ever before women are participating in the civic and political process, from engaging with our elected officials to running for office. Our voices are finally being heard in regards to gender inequalities, and sexual harassment and assault as evidenced by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. But there is still a lot of work ahead," said Modaress. "The Women’s Marches this year are a way to celebrate what we have accomplished over the last year and demonstrate to each other that we’re all still here fighting together for a better future."
The grassroots movement comes one year after the historic Women's March of 2017. The movement reached all across the nation and in Greensboro. Women gathered to demonstrate their desire to create a world that is equal, tolerant, fair, and safe for all.
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