Women's March Minnesota hosts rallies, march Saturday in St. Paul

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Women’s March Minnesota hosted its annual march and rally Saturday morning in its fight for gender equality.

According to a release from Women’s March Minnesota, the group is marching in 2019 for “equality, equity and justice for all Minnesota women, gender non-identifying folks and allies.”

Leaders say this year’s march focuses on inclusion and safety.

“This march is a platform to elevate and raise the voices of women and gender non-identifying folks who are doing the work of making Minnesota a place where all are welcome, safe, respected, heard and understood,” said the release.

Schedule of events:

The march itself is bookended by two rallies in St. Paul Saturday. The first rally began at 10 a.m. at Western Sculpture Garden at 387 Marion St. in St. Paul.

Next, the people marched south on Marion Steet and Kellogg Boulevard before heading north on John Ireland Boulevard.

At noon, the crowd rallied again at the Minnesota State Capitol until 1 p.m.

Women’s March Minnesota, which first marched in 2017, gave the following purpose statement before Saturday’s event.

As a women's organization dedicated to intersectional feminism, and protecting the rights of Minnesota women, we work to raise the voices of the strong, dedicated groups doing important social justice, human rights and equality work in Minnesota to combat the symptoms of the patriarchy and white supremacy.

Our mission is to harness the power of women and their communities to create transformative social change.