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Second Annual Women's March in Mississippi

Second Annual Women's March in Mississippi
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Mississippi Women's March 2018
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Women from across Mississippi rallied in downtown Jackson this weekend celebrating womanhood and equal rights. MPB's Ashley Norwood reports on the Women's March in Mississippi.

On the steps of the state capitol, several hundred women rallied on the one year anniversary of the Women's March in Mississippi. The grounds of the Capitol quickly filled with signs, cheers, and splashes of pink. References to President Trump, women in politics and survivors of sexual assault were topics of discussion for many attendees and guest speakers.

Catherine Gray is the author of Unsilenced Woman, a blog about finding your voice after sexual abuse.

"I made myself smaller to fit in the space that they left for me. The space that was left after their ego and desperation and control and fear. Not today... Not anymore," said Gray.

Patti Drapala traveled from Starkville to support women who are speaking out against sexual harassment.

"Most women have experienced sexual harassment. I know I have, that's why I have 'Me Too, Time Is Up and To Resist,' because this does need to come to the forefront. This has been a societal problem since this nation was begun," said Drapala.

Malaysia Walker is a transgender woman. She says equal rights should be for every woman, no matter her difference.

"We fight against discrimination when it comes to any and everything. It's time for it to stop. It's time for us to make a change as women here in Mississippi," said Walker.

Organizers collected items for women to donate to the Stewpot Community Services in Jackson.