Millions of voices, one message – State, national women’s marches get Batesville representation

jones-march-2February 3, 2017

People in Arkansas are used to viewing things that happen in Washington from afar. The state lies near the middle of the country with places like New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., little more than places most people see on TV. But on Jan. 21, there was an event so big that it spilled all over the country, including Arkansas.

What’s more, some Batesville residents got to be part of it. Despite being more than 1,000 miles apart, the women were united by a common theme.

“The women’s issues espoused by the nationwide marches — our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — have always been important to me,” said Nicole Stroud, who attended the march in Little Rock. “The Arkansas march organizers, like others across the country, were motivated by recent political rhetoric that insulted and threatened many women. This rhetoric moved me, for the first time in my life, to take part in a political demonstration. I marched for women, and I marched for other marginalized groups.”

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