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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.

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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’