Albuquerque Women’s March celebrates women in office

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The annual Women’s March saw hundreds of people fighting for equal rights in downtown Albuquerque Sunday.

The theme focused on celebrating the record number of women in office, but many march-goers said there’s still more work to be done.

“There are still so many issues in the world that women face,” Aubrey Amon of Albuquerque said.

“Women’s reproductive rights, our children’s’ education, ending the government shutdown. those are all things that are all important to the women of New Mexico,” Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, told News 13.

For many, the annual women’s march at Civic Plaza is a family affair.

“Of course I’m here with my sister. It’s all about sisterhood,” Jamyah Doyle said.

“I’m teaching my daughter that women have a place in this world,” Tara Lujan of Santa Fe added.

This year, the theme is ‘Women’s Wave,’ celebrating the record number of women who won midterm elections nationwide.

In New Mexico, women now hold the position of governor, two U.S. Representative seats and 31 spots in the Roundhouse.

“I think it’s empowering because I think we need all perspectives represented,” Lorraine Nobes of Rio Rancho added.

Congresswoman Haaland said it’s a step in the right direction.

“There’s still work to do, though. You know, the New Mexico State House, we’re five seats shy of a majority. I think that’s really exciting so I hope that more women will continue to put their hat in the ring and run for office here in New Mexico.”

Meanwhile, others said just showing up to events like this one leave a big impact.

“You have to be part of your modern day civil rights,” Doyle added. “You can’t just look at the past.”

Many cities across the country held women’s marches on Saturday.

Albuquerque’s event was pushed to Sunday so it wouldn’t interfere with the Martin Luther King Jr. march and the Santa Fe’s Women’s March, according to the event Facebook page.

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