Women’s Marches Hit the Streets of Dallas, Fort Worth

Last January, women marched through cities across the country to bring attention to gender issues. And on Saturday, they marched again.

Events were held all over the world Saturday, including in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton.

Thousands of people showed up for the Dallas Women's March, standing up for women's rights, equal pay, justice and inclusion.

Many also protested what they say is a lack of leadership in the White House.

"I'm tired of the lies. I'm tired of the saying things that don't make sense and really not being there or listening to the people," said Karen Kowalske, who marched in Washington, D.C., last year.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the Women's Marches, writing in part, "A perfect day for all women to march. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months."

Saturday's march kicked off at 10 a.m. at Saint Paul United Methodist Church on Routh Street, and participants walked about a mile to Pike Park on Harry Hines Boulevard.

There were other marches scheduled in the downtown area. An hour later, about 30 people attended an "Impeach Trump Solidarity March" at Dallas City Hall.

Then at 12:30 p.m., March for Life marked the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. It started at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In Fort Worth, the women's march stepped off at 10 a.m. at the Tarrant County Courthouse.

Marches were also held in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and several other Texas cities.

In Austin, thousands of people gathered at city hall and the state capitol for a series of day long events, including a rally against Trump and another in support of abortion and other reproductive rights.

The march from city hall to the capitol included a group of women who wore red capes and white bonnets like characters from the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale."

Among the speakers at the rally at the capitol was former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who in 2013 garnered national attention for her nearly 13-hour filibuster over new Texas abortion restrictions.

Davis praised efforts by "young college change makers" to seek legislation in Texas against sex trafficking and against sexual assaults on college campuses.

One anti-Trump protester was arrested by police after causing a disturbance at the Austin rally.


In Houston, thousands of women, men and children marched about a mile from a park near downtown to a rally at city hall.

People held up signs that read, "Brown is Beautiful," "Rise Up Woman" and "Love Not Hate Makes America Great" and they chanted "I'm undocumented and unafraid" and "Black Lives Matter."

"We are changing this country one person ... one vote, one woman and one caring man at a time. Do not stop the movement," former Houston Mayor Annise Parker told a crowd gathered at city hall.

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