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Women come from all over the U.S. for the 2019 Women's March

With a pink hat in the foreground, demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Crowds marched with signs and banners in hand to send a message on Saturday.

“We just need our voices to be heard!” said a supporter of the Women’s March and she headed toward Freedom Plaza on Saturday morning.

“I think the main goal I have for being out here is to promote more women running for office, getting into Congress,” said Lisette Pedre, from Arlington.

“We’re all in this together and this is about inclusiveness,” said Stewart Prather, from North Carolina.

Prather has set up shop selling gear at the DC Women’s March since it first kicked off in 2017. Though Saturday’s turnout was visibly smaller than the first year’s, he says he still felt a strong energy.

“I know it’s kind of struggled a little bit here or there in terms of differences of opinion and everything, but it’s still big as far as I can see,” Prather said, referencing the crowds walking down the street.

The 2019 march coming amidst controversy, potential winter weather, and the longest government shutdown in American history.

“There was a lot of global attention back in 2017 and we just want to keep up the momentum that we shouldn’t take things for granted,” said Pippa Zainoeddin, from Washington, D.C.

Zainoeddin says it was important for her daughter to be a part of the movement.

“Everyone is human,” said Kecia Lifton, as she held onto a sign. “Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.”

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