Downtown Los Angeles

Thousands Attend Women's March LA

Approximately 300,000 people marched to show their support for women's rights, event organizers said.

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Thousands of women attended the fourth annual Women's March LA: Women Rising Saturday in downtown Los Angeles to demand the next president have a clear agenda to advance women's rights.

Participants gathered at 9 a.m. at Pershing Square, where the march to City Hall began at 10 a.m.

What followed was a series of speeches and musical performances at City Hall.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, was the first speaker, telling the crowd "As California goes, so will go the country."

Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed the crowd. "Let's make 2020 the year we change the country for good," he said.

"Vote blue, no matter who, down the ballot, too," chanted actor Lisa Ann Walter.

"This is my first women's march and I'm so happy to be on this team," transgender rights activist Caitlyn Jenner said. "Together, we can save the soul of this nation."

Musical performers included Grammy-winning singer Seal, 2007 "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, Joely Fisher and Jenifer Lewis.

Similar marches were held across the nation as they have each year since 2017 in connection with President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The march was organized by the Women's March LA Foundation, which described its mission as "Continuing the important work of highlighting the struggles of marginalized communities and all attacks on human rights."

Thousands are expected to attend the 2020 LA Women's March. Gene Kang reports for Today in LA on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
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