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VIDEO and PHOTOS: About 500 people gather for local Women’s March event in Fort Wayne

About 500 people turned out for the Women's March event Sunday afternoon at the Allen County Courthouse green in downtown Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Signs conveyed a variety of messages during the Women's March event Sunday afternoon at the Allen County Courthouse green. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Democratic Allen County Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, center, was one of several women who addressed the crowd during the Women's March event Sunday afternoon at the Allen County Courthouse green. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
The crowd of about 500 people at the Women's March event Sunday afternoon at the Allen County Courthouse green included people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and gender identities. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
After listening to several speakers, people attending the Women's March event Sunday afternoon at the Allen County Courthouse green went on a brief march in downtown Fort Wayne. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

The Women’s March event in Fort Wayne drew about 500 people of all ages and ethnic and gender identities Sunday to listen to speakers on the Allen County Courthouse green and then to take a brief march downtown.

The event, the second annual gathering, was among hundreds of Women’s March events this weekend in cities around the country.

While a majority of those attending were women, men supporting them made up at least as third of the crowd.

Many of the speakers, all of whom were women, are candidates for elected office, and nearly all of them encouraged women to get out to vote.

“We need you, we need you, so by all means, don’t miss the ride,” urged Sharon Tucker, the only woman on the Allen County Council and a candidate for re-election.

Courtney Tritch, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. representative seat including the Fort Wayne area, asked those present to make 2018 the Year of the Woman, to push for equal rights for all and to work to protect the future of the United States.

Bev Zuber, a Democratic candidate for re-election as Wayne Township Assessor, asked people to think about what they will say when their children and grandchildren ask in the future about “all of the craziness going on” now and what you did about it.

“We need people who will represent us,” Zuber said.

So when you daughters ask, you can say, “I was there. I fought. I did everything I could to turn this country around,” she said.

Another speaker highlighted the gender wage gap in Indiana, noting women still receive less pay than men for comparable work. Others spoke about the need for affordable health care, raising girls to feel confident and that they have a purpose in life, and protecting people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community.

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