Thousands gather in second annual Southern Oregon Women's March

On Saturday, thousands of Medford marchers joined advocates across the country in the second annual Women's March. (Genevieve Grippo/KTVL)

On Saturday, Women's Marches were held in cities big and small across the country.

Locally, thousands of men, women and children turned out to march in Medford, Klamath Falls, Brookings and Grants Pass.

Participants in the second annual Southern Oregon Women's March cited a variety of reasons for marching, including a better representation of women in government, equal pay, immigration reform, healthcare reform, the #MeToo movement and LGBTQ rights.

In Medford, marchers say participating is a form of solidarity that brings people together from all walks of life.

"Regardless of our gender, or maybe even political ideology, we are all one people with one united vision in the our betterment of our community," said Athena Goldberg, a marcher and Oregon Senate candidate. "[It is] heartening and beautiful."

The Medford march started at Hawthorne park at 11 a.m. and ended at Pear Blossom Park near downtown Medford, about a half mile walk.

Once at Pear Blossom Park, marchers enjoyed a series of speakers and musicians.

Speakers included state Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, and Democratic congressional candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

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