Our second Women’s Equality Day March and Rally in Durham was on a beautiful day and in a beautiful place – the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. Thanks to the speakers, the attendees, the marshals, the organizers, the musicians and the dancers. Many of the organizers and most of the speakers were women of color. We used the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and to talk about what women still need.
Police estimated that 3,000 people marched, and the American Tobacco Campus estimated that 2,000 attended the rally. We had a much larger turnout than at our first march and rally. Read about the Women’s Equality Through Time March and Rally in 2015.
People gathered at the old Durham County Court House building on Main St. at 9:30am. The speakers began at 9:30am. The rally at the American Tobacco Campus was scheduled to begin at 11am. See the program at Program for Women Rise Up March and Rally – 2017.
Senator Floyd McKissick came by all of the tables, including NC NOW’s table to visit with Durham and Raleigh NOW members.
Senator McKissick, who has been a champion for women’s issues in the NC Senate, posted the following, in part. “It is difficult for me to understand that in the year 2017 there is still an ongoing debate relating to whether women should have equal rights and equal pay for equal work. I personally introduced legislation in the North Carolina Senate that addressed both of these issues, unfortunately neither has been considered for debate even at the committee level.”
This march and rally was much larger than the first one we organized, which was in 2015. It is a shame that after all these years we still have so many battles to fight. The upside of having a backwards legislature and chaotic president is that more people are paying attention to what women need to gain true equality.