Thousands took part in second annual Women’s March Kern County

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The second annual Women’s March Kern County took place in Downtown Bakersfield Saturday. 

“The Women’s March Kern County is about bringing our community together and promoting unity in our community,” said organizer Kimberly Kirchmer. 

The march is a national movement designed for women to be heard.

“I don’t think that we were this united years ago and look what’s happened now,” said Cassandra Ellis Haynes. “They’ve all come together in unity.”

This year’s theme was Truth to Power.

“It’s important that we come together as a group of people,” said participant Betty Flint. “All races, all religions, all genders, that we are together, we are a group of people, this is who we really are.”

From vendors and food, to speakers and performers, the march was inspirational to many.

Emily Bradford came out for the second year, with her 4-year-old son Ronan.

“As a mom of boys, I want them to learn that women are just as equal as men, it’s not that radical of a notion,” Bradford said. “I think I just really identified with the Women’s March movement and everything it had to do with and I want to raise them to be men of quality that don’t fear equality.”

Creative signs, designed to empower, where everywhere you turned.

While it was a sea of women, there were a lot of men supporting the movement.

“Women’s rights are men’s rights,” said participant Bruce Meier. “I’ve always believed in each of the equal rights that have been expanded in a more refined way from just the broader way it was done in the 60s and they all spell lets be fair to each other – fair in front of the law, fair in opportunity and really equality if about fairness – so I’m proud to march with the women on this.”

To learn more about Women’s March Kern County click here.

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