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    ‘Women hold up half the sky:’ Signs from the women’s rallies in Boston

    People took part in a rally in Downtown Crossing.
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    People took part in a rally in Downtown Crossing.

    Demonstrators were out in Harvard Square and Downtown Crossing Wednesday to take part in protests related to “A Day Without a Woman,” a movement meant to highlight the importance of women to the nation’s economy.

    Michela Hites, 29, of Londonderry, N.H. (left) was among those in Harvard Square.
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    Michela Hites, 29, of Londonderry, N.H. (left) was among those in Harvard Square.

    A “resist” button was seen on the back of a hat.
    Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
    A “resist” button was seen on the back of a hat.

    Jean Trounstine of Tewksbury held a sign supporting Planned Parenthood.
    Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
    Jean Trounstine of Tewksbury held a sign supporting Planned Parenthood.

    Teresa Tapper, 60, of Stoughton (left) sang along with other women gathered in Harvard Square.
    Jessica Rinaldi/Globe staff
    Teresa Tapper, 60, of Stoughton (left) sang along with other women gathered in Harvard Square.

    Cheri Ruane of Somerville (left) joined the demonstration.
    Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
    Cheri Ruane of Somerville (left) joined the demonstration.

    Quiana Ferguson held a “Rosie the Riveter” poster in Downtown Crossing.
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    Quiana Ferguson held a “Rosie the Riveter” poster in Downtown Crossing.

    Women cheered during the Downtown Crossing rally.
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    Women cheered during the Downtown Crossing rally.

    Jennifer Jones held her daughter during the Downtown Crossing rally.
    Keith Bedford/Globe Staff
    Jennifer Jones held her daughter during the Downtown Crossing rally.

    Local protest kicks off ‘A Day Without a Woman’