Houghton marchers for women's rights

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) -- As one of the March on Washington's sister marches going on across the country, nearly 500 people marched across the Portage Lake Bridge in solidarity with women's rights on Jan. 21.

As one of the March on Washington's sister marches going on across the country, nearly 500 people marched across the Portage Lake Bridge in solidarity with women's rights on Jan. 21.

The march comes a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who has made comments some consider disparaging to women. But the group in Houghton said their message was less of a protest and more of a statement of support for all people.

"We're all here to support each other," marcher Olivia Deans said.

"We're all here together, no matter what background we come from and our age," marcher Mackenzy Shega-Fox said. "You look around and there's people who said they marched in the '60s and they're really proud to see women like us out here. It's a great feeling to be together."

The Women's March on Washington organization, which gathered about 500,000 people in the capital, said its mission was to stand in solidarity with groups it said were marginalized throughout the election, including immigrants, Muslims, people who identify as LGBT, Native Americans, people of color and people with disabilities.

"I'm here today because equal democracy for all matters, and this march means that to me," 12-year-old marcher Judy Isaksson said. "I feel proud and courageous. I feel great."

Showcasing the diversity of views in the area, many cars honked as they drove past, both in support and dissent.

"I want to send the message that there are more of us than there are not," marcher Curt Allred said. "In our little community here, it looks like the entire town turned out, and this is in a conservative area."

It was estimated that about a million people participated in the March on Washington and sister marches across the country.