Hundreds of people have gathered in Manhattan on International Women's Day, demanding more progress for women's' rights.
The activists started gathering on Thursday afternoon in Washington Square Park for the second annual International Women's Strike, encouraging women to strike for an hour to demonstrate the impact they have in the workforce.
Advocates said that despite recent progress, there are still many issues affecting women today, for which they need expanded rights, including wage access, abortion access, and education.
"The issues raised in the 60s and the 70s — job equity, racism, childcare, housing — are all still top priority issues," one protester said.
"When women tried to gain the right to vote, they were educated enough to say, 'This isn't right,' we need to gain this right, we need to be on the same level as men," said another. "So I think by educating ourselves and each other, we can only rise up."
The strike comes as people around the globe are celebrating International Women's Day, which honors the social, economic, and political achievements of women worldwide. Marches have been held in countries around the world.
Advocates in Washington Square Park said they planned to march through Lower Manhattan, stopping at various sites along the way.
Meanwhile, "The Fearless Girl" statue, which was installed last year, may be moving to a new home.
More than 40,000 people signed a Change.org petition, asking for the statue to become a permanent fixture.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said it will soon announce a new location for the statue that has become a symbol for women's rights.