It was called a Women's March and groups of women gathered Jan. 21 around the globe -- but most notably in Washington, D.C. The issues varied but most related to women, whether it was equal rights, equal pay, or simple respect. Women carried signs, wore pink hats and stood together to be seen and recognized for causes important to them.

Some of the signs included "We will overcome," "Make America think again," "What does democracy look like. This is what democracy looks like," "Silence is violence" and "Protest is patriotic."

Some of the women were from the local area and shared their reason for marching.

Kelly McDougal

One group from the area that went to Washington, D.C. was Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Kelly McDougal of Hudson started a local chapter with members from Hudson, Stow, Streetsboro, Kent, Twinsburg, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls.

McDougal said the goals of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America include background checks on guns and closing the loopholes that allow guns to be sold at gun shows without even showing a driver's license. Another goal is to prevent anyone on the no-fly list from buying a gun.

"The people on the no-fly list can legally go into any gun show and buy as many guns as they want of any type," McDougal said.

Senate Bill 199, passed at the end of last year, allows concealed handguns on institutions of higher learning, day-care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals and school safety zones among other changes for gun possession.

"We didn't change anyone's votes because Republicans all voted yes but they were shocked by all the bad press they got," McDougal said. "Shocked at push back from groups such as ours."

College campuses have to opt in to allow guns on campus but preschools were automatically opted in, McDougal said.

"I testified in Columbus at a Senate hearing," McDougal said. "Preschools and colleges did not ask for this. It was the NRA agenda."

"We have copies of no gun signs and are contacting preschools to place the sign on their doors so they don't bring guns inside," McDougal said.

The group has a "Be Smart Program" to keep guns out of children's hands, McDougal said. The NRA tells children not to touch guns but the program tells parents, if you have a gun, fine, but secure it in a lock box, or locked case and keep ammo separate from the gun.

"We're not against the second amendment, but with rights comes responsibilities," she said.

McDougal said Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense were against Trump because he campaigned for guns for everyone with no background checks.

"People in the organization were very devastated over the election," McDougal said. "A lot of people felt better after this march. They felt more hopeful."

The next meeting for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is Feb. 5. Those interested can contact McDougal at

Laura Labadie

Laura Labadie, a former Hudson resident, said she attended the march because it was important to her because she loves the United States and is concerned about the direction it might go and to stand up for human rights."I felt it was my responsibility as an American citizen, and I wanted to make sure my voice was heard and my presence was counted," Labadie said. "I needed to physically see and be with other people who share these values concerning human rights and the possibility of these rights being threatened over the next four years."

Labadie said she took the Metro into Washington, D.C. But the next two stops were closed because of so many passengers exiting.

"So as we climbed the stairs out of the Metro and arrived at street level. My first view was of a sea of marchers as far as the eye could see, probably about a half mile or so," Labadie said. "At the end of that sea, was the Capitol building. It was an extremely moving, stimulating scene. It is an indelible memory for me and one I call upon frequently these days."

Labadie said she would would like the marchers' voices to be heard as they stand together in solidarity for the protection of their rights.

"To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, 'If there is one message that comes forth from this march, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all.'" Labadie said.

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