Women’s rights activists and leaders march through downtown Anniston | Anniston
About 50 women’s rights supporters on various issues made their presence known late Saturday morning during a walk on the sidewalks of 8th to 12th Street in downtown Anniston.
The Women’s March was just one of many demonstrations held in cities across the country on Saturday to draw attention to issues such as reproductive rights and equal pay in the workplace for men. The Calhoun County contingent for this effort began their march at the Calhoun County Democratic Party headquarters in 8th and Noble and headed north to the Federal Building.
The men, women and children donned their Ruth Bader Ginsberg shirts or “my body – my choice” signs and prepared to march along Noble Street in support of women’s rights.
National women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter was there to pump up the crowd and serve as a motivational beacon for the protesters. Ledbetter is known nationally as a powerful force in the fight to reduce the gender pay gap. The Huntsville Walkers had also invited Ledbetter to be with them, but she agreed to speak at the Anniston Walk.
“I’m excited today,” Ledbetter said, eliciting a loud applause.
Ledbetter said that in 1963 the Equal Pay Act 1963 was signed, but in 1998 she was still not receiving equal pay at the company she worked for.
“No one imposed it,” Ledbetter said. “Just because you get billed in the books doesn’t mean you’re being treated fairly. ”
Ledbetter’s words echoed through the lobby of the party headquarters as she spoke of the sight of the burning bus, echoing the words of Hobson City Mayor Alberta McCrory.
“We sit on the shoulders of great women and men,” said McCrory, noting women like Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who have all stood up against the injustices of their time. McCrory said these women and men have done a lot of work to ensure that women have rights, and it is the duty of women to ensure that they protect and exercise those rights.
“Let us come together to work for the change we need to work for,” said McCrory.