|Updated: 4/30/2012 9:29 am
||Published: 4/28/2012 5:51 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Saturday, men and women rallied in all fifty states as part of the UNITE Women movement as it pushes for equality for women across America.
On the steps of the State Capitol, Arkansans united against what they're calling the war on women by urging our state legislature to pass the Equal Rights Amendment during next year's legislative session.
"There is nothing shameful about taking control of your body, your reproductive health and your life," said one speaker.
"It is time to realize the accomplishments of girls are just as good as those of boys," said one speaker who was just 12 years old.
Different voices united women, and men, from all walks of life Saturday to rally for equality and the Equal Rights Amendment.
"To have constitutional equality so that women are protected actually in the constitution from any type of discriminatory legislation that may be passed within the state legislatures," said Claudia Reynolds-LeBlanc of UNITE Women.
Host and emcee Amy Pannell described what it's like being a comedian in a field dominated by men.
"I've had plenty of men, you know, not want to shake my hand for the things that I'm doing. People that think I'm the headliners wife or girlfriend and ask me to go and get the drinks," said Pannell.
Local recording artist Gina Gee performed a song from her upcoming debut album "Revolution of a Woman."
"My song Evolution, you know, it fits right in because it's all about, you know, women's rights and the empowerment of women, you know, encouraging them, you know, to do whatever they feel that they want to do," said Gee.
Holly Greenfield has two daughters and went to Saturday's rally.
"I want them to be able to have reproductive freedom, equal pay. Also, I feel that this country cannot really prosper if half the population is subject to different rules," said Greenfield.
Greenfield felt the message at the rally spoke directly to her and the direction she'd like the country to go.
"Society is not a zero sum game. It needs to be a team sport where everyone works together and nobody tries to squash anybody else's rights," she said.
In Fayetteville, four-hundred people marched in the UNITE Women rally Saturday.