AUSTIN, Texas — This year's Austin Women's Rally delivered the same fire from activists as previous years, this time without the march.

  • Rally held instead of march
  • Hundreds attended
  • Calling for equality for all

Hundreds of women and allies crowded in front of the State Capitol Saturday for this year's event. Though their reasons to rally may differ from one another, each protestor was there calling for the same thing: equality for all.

"It's important for us to come out and share our voices and say that we're a part of this community that wants to do better," University of Texas student Temi Osanyintolu said.

Texas Reproductive Rights Rally holds the event. They were rallying before the Woman's March had women marching through the streets across the country. Co-Founder Paula Chaney said the fight for equality is a long one, but worth the wait.

"We need to make sure that Texas women know that eternal diligence is the price we have to pay," Chaney said.

The rallies originally were more focused on women's issues. It has since expanded to recognize women of all marginalized groups. Chaney said recognizing shared struggles together as one community helps to create change.

"It's important for those of us who believe in life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone," Chaney said. "To gather together and to affirm our beliefs and to know that we're all in this together."