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Wichitans Celebrate International Women's Day

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Wichita’s Old Town Square Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx was there and has more on the demonstration.

The celebration drew about 50 people—mostly women, and most of them wearing red to honor the corresponding “Day Without Women” movement. Organizers and speakers emphasized women’s achievements and contributions to society, and called for gender equality.

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Jennifer Ladd writes in chalk in Old Town Square during the International Women's Day rally Wednesday. She says she drove more than an hour to celebrate women's rights.

Jennifer Ladd, from Sylvia, Kansas, says women need to be recognized for their work.

“Women should be making the same amount of money for their experience, just like a male who goes into the workforce does," she said. "And so we’ve come out here—I drove about an hour and a half to get here today—you know, to celebrate women, to celebrate our rights.”

International Women’s Day was first observed in 1911. It was first celebrated at the United Nations in 1975.

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