Photos: Harrisburg March for Women

Written by Crystal Stryker | Jan 21, 2017 4:03 PM

Demonstrators conclude the Harrisburg March for Women on the Capitol steps.

(Harrisburg) -- More than 1,100 people have taken to the streets to march for women's rights in Harrisburg. 

"We're here to show women are strong. We're capable of doing anything," said 16-year-old Aaliyah Turner of Harrisburg, who attended with her mother Tracy Scarlett. Being part of a demonstration was on her "bucket list," and today's march was her first.  


From L to R: Natalia Strausbaugh, Aaliyah Turner, and Tracy ZScarlett (Aaliyah's mother) of Harrisburg show their support.

Jo Hare and Nicky Wagman attended to show support for the LGBT community. "You want to be able to look your ten year old self in the eye," Wagman said, explaining that she wants to be the kind of person who stands up for hatred and intolerance when she sees it. 


Jo Hare of Camp Hill and Nicky Wagman of Mechanicsburg march for equality on January 21, 2017.

The crowd gathered under a light, misting rain and fog to meet up at Kunkle Plaza. They walked through the city and ended on the Capitol Steps. 

Twelve-year-old Kate Murray of Dillsburg attended with her parents Andy and LeeAnn Murray. "We wanted her to experience this," said LeeAnn. 


L to R: Andy Murray, LeeAnn Murray, and Kate Murray (12), of Dillsburg. "We support women's rights," said LeeAnn, who wanted her daughter to get involved in democracy.

The Harrisburg march occurred on the same day as more than 600 "sister marches" around the globe, including marches in Boston, London, and Antarctica. 

Across the region, similar events were held in Lancaster, Lewisburg, Reading and Selinsgrove.

Among the other sister marches in the commonwealth, according to, organizers in Philadelphia said it was a demonstration in support of the rights of women and America's diverse communities following a presidential election in which many groups were demonized. They say the marches are intended to unify the diverse communities in an effort to protect the rights of all.

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