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"I'm not a fan of building walls, I'd rather build bridges:" Women unite for progress

Hundreds of women and men gathered in Chapin Memorial Park Saturday to celebrate progress made and share encouragement to accomplish more. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

It's a movement across the country: thousands of women and men marching for equality as part of the Women's March.

That movement occurred on a slightly smaller scale Saturday morning at Chapin Park. Grand Strand Action Together hosted a group of speakers, touching on issues from national policy to equality. An overwhelming theme was encouragement and progress made for women in America so far.

"We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant? Talented? Gorgeous? Fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?" said Tracy Bailey to the audience at the park.

While there wasn't any marching at the Myrtle Beach event, hundreds of people there shared similar messages to marches across the country. Particularly, feelings of disgust toward President Trump and his administration.

"I feel that his policies are out of line with American values," said Janet Reger of Myrtle Beach.

Among other topics were opposition to a border wall, which the President has suggested he'd like to see, and opposition to seismic testing.

Many people had signs, some critical of President Trump. But you wouldn't find Kiya Day from Darlington with a critical sign. Her idea was to help educate.

"It's my duty as an American citizen, but especially, as a woman to kind of get my opinion and voice out there in a non-violent way," she said. "I'm not a fan of building walls, I'd rather build bridges."

Saturday she proudly showed off her sign which was filled with historical women in the fight for equality, aside from a photo of Princess Leia, which she said, she used to draw attention. At times, she explained brief histories pointing to some of her idols, like Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony, explaining their importance in movements to anyone willing to listen. Her message included perspective. She said she wanted to raise awareness struggles faced by her idols throughout history, hoping it would spark improvements moving forward.

"That's so big in a movement like this, is getting people to start thinking about things they've never thought about before. Maybe things they've never realized were going on in society. Really that's why I created this poster," she said. "So I could get to talking about these issues that are so important that affect women."



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