The snow and bitter wind chills in West Michigan Saturday didn't stop hundreds from participating in local Women's Marches in Grand Rapids, Holland and Saugatuck-Douglas
The third annual national Women's March was held in Washington D.C. on Jan. 19.
In Grand Rapids, a group of around 250 demonstrators gathered in Calder Plaza at 1 p.m. to hear from local speakers. Then they marched through downtown area with the stated goal of raising awareness about the issues that women face on a daily basis.
In Holland at noon, about 200 people showed up for their third annual local Women's March. They walked in the snow from Centennial Park to the Holland Arts Council.
The Holland Women's March was preceded by the March for Life on Saturday. Pro-life demonstrators marched around Centennial Park at 10 a.m. to raise awareness about abortion.
Further south on the lakeshore, a march was held at the Beery Baseball Field for the Saugatuck-Douglas community. Organizers of the event said their march showed "solidarity with the national anniversary march." The group participated in a march that was just over a mile long that started at Beery Field, went over the bridge into Saugatuck and ended at Lucy's Little Kitchen.
The Women's March started in 2017 following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The original march in Washington D.C. drew hundreds of thousands of protesters.
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