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Hundreds rally in Johnson City's third Women's March

(WCYB/Caleb Perhne)

People in our area joined women around the world in the third Women’s March.

"There is something that brought us here together. That is empowering women,” event speaker Keyana Miller said.

Hundreds of people converged on Johnson City for the rally.

Marchers said they're fighting to be treated equally. Their message was, among other things, equal pay, abortion rights and equality in positions of power.

"I would love to see some health care reform going on, especially relating to women's health,” Sara McHenry said.

A long line of signs filling downtown Johnson City, calling for change.

"At the time I was in the Navy, women were not allowed to go on aircraft carriers. I let him know that is something I want to do,” Nicole Collins said in her speech.

The ralliers said the Women's March wasn't just about women's rights. They also rallied for a variety of marginalized groups."

The march started in Washington, D.C. on the first day of Donald Trump's presidency two years ago. Ralliers said they disagree with some the president's words and actions. That's why they will continue to march.

"It's exhilarating,” Aria Inava said. “It's really fun because it shows me a lot of people care about the same things I do."

Mayor Jenny Brock presented a proclamation recognizing Louise Crowe -- the mother of state Sen. Rusty Crowe -- for her activism.

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