Nearly 1,000 people braved people braved the cold Saturday to gather at the statehouse for the 2rd annual Women’s March.
Women of diverse backgrounds took the podium discussing a variety of topics, including reproductive rights, minority rights, and mental health.
“We deserve respect and we deserve people to stand up and vote for people who will protect us,” participant Maria Palombo said.
The common theme was standing in solidarity and unifying ahead of the 2020 election. Former Bennington State Representative, Kiah Morris, was one of the speakers. Morris served as the only African American female member of the Vermont legislature before leaving state politics last year after experiencing racial harassment.
Organizers of the “Grab them by the ballot” campaign posed for a nude photo shoot with ballot forms.
“We use the naked body because this is about our body,” said Dawn Robertson. “We’re talking about body shame and violence against women that’s related to the body.
The campaign started during 2018’s midterm election, it stands firmly against the Trump Administration.
“When I was running, what was interesting was I received more hostility for being a woman than I did for being transgender,” said Christine Hallquist, the first transgender woman to become a gubernatorial candidate. “This is about taking ownership of who we are collectively.”
The march in Montpelier was one of dozens taking place in cities nationwide.