‘Women Rise’ For Third Annual Women’s March In Kern Next Weekend

By Elizabeth Sanchez, South Kern Sol

Women’s March Kern County is preparing for it’s third annual march in downtown Bakersfield next weekend with a theme of “Women Rise.”

This year’s march includes an extended route, a powerful lineup of speakers, musical performers and numerous vendors.

“We hope it’s bigger and better than ever,” said Robin Walters, the co-director of the Women’s March Kern County.

Speakers include Dolores Huerta, California State University, Bakersfield President Lynette Zelezny, Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer and more.

“We have some really powerful and impactful speakers,” said Walters. “There will be lots of opportunity on how we can work together to not only build women up but build our community up to bridge the divided nation.”

Walters said this year’s event is unique given the current political climate. It is not only an election year, but the U.S. is also on the edge of war and in the middle of an impeachment.

“People seem to be more engaged,” she said. “It’s more important than ever to share your voice and make your voice heard.”

Last year, nearly 4,000 people attended the Kern County Women’s March, and Walters said they hope to exceed that number this year.

“We need to lift each other up instead of tear each other down,” she said.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Mill Creek Park. The organization is also hosting a sign making party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at 1001 17th St.