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Annual Women's March Held In Fort Wayne

Zach Bernard/WBOI News

The annual women’s march took place in downtown Fort Wayne Saturday afternoon.

Residents came out in single-digit wind chills to stand for greater workplace and social equality, as speakers sought to empower the dozens in attendance.

Alondra Araujo is an activist and artist locally. While not a trans woman herself, she called out the community of women for its exclusion of trans women in marches around the country, saying it stems from a “lack of perspective and lack of action.”

“Trans misogyny shouldn't run in the women's community," Araujo said. "If cis women are able to lift each other's voices, why can't we do the same for trans women? After all, they're women too, right? And women should not turn their backs on another.”

Araujo added they would be “fools to deny a woman’s unique journey and elevating her voice," and her comments were met warmly by those in attendance.

The march stretched from the Allen County Courthouse in downtown Fort Wayne to the Allen County Public Library, where organizations were stationed if attendees were interested in volunteering locally.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered. He currently hosts Morning Edition.