Wisconsin Women's March draws 700 on bitterly cold day

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MADISON, Wis. (AP)-- About 700 people came out one day after a snowstorm to rally at the state Capitol in Madison for the third annual Wisconsin Women's March.

The State Journal reports that attendees gathered Saturday at the same location where two years ago more than 75,000 people showed up after the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump.

This time the group enduring bitterly cold temperatures heard from speakers highlighting the need for progressive liberal legislation and greater awareness of issues facing marginalized communities. Speakers included State Representative Shelia Stubbs and advocates for indigenous rights, immigration and gun reform.

The rally, dubbed the Women's Wave, was one of many across the country.

Despite the freezing temperatures, some protesters said they would be there no matter the weather, especially in the middle of the government shutdown.

"I think it's important to show solidarity, especially in the face of the government shutdown to show that you can't silence us, we're still here, even years after the inauguration of President Trump, we still want to show we're loud, we're here, we've got opinions and we won't be quieted," said Rae Howe, a protester and a student at Edgewood College.

A few protesters, like Alexis Morris and her friend Jordan Mink, came from over an hour away to be at the march Saturday morning.

"A bigger crowd creates a bigger message for people that don’t understand or kind of ignore these rights that are being denied, so I believe it’s very important to be here," Morris said. "There’s one sign I saw that said, 'I’m a snowflake and together we’re an avalanche' and that’s what we are today."

Sarah Pearson, of Milwaukee, a founder of the Wisconsin Women's March chapter, says that while the first march was a response to Trump's election, the movement plans to continue pressure no matter who's in charge.