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Pittsburgh 2018 Women's Day Marchers: 'Women’s Rights! Workers’ Rights! Same Struggle, Same Fight!'

People marched through the streets of downtown Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon, holding signs and chanting slogans in support of paid sick leave.

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After a brief demonstration with speakers at the City-County Building, participants in the International Women's Strike Pittsburgh marched down Grant Street to Liberty Avenue and through Market Square.

This demonstration was intentionally held on International Women’s Day.

“Women’s rights! Workers’ rights! Same struggle, same fight!” shouted marchers.

Activists said that women, especially women of color, who work low wage jobs can often face a difficult choice.

“I had to choose between going to work and taking care of my kids,” said Darnika Reed, a mother of three and activist. “Parents shouldn’t have to make the kind of choice.”

Some also pointed out that it’s not sanitary to force workers to clock in when they're sick, particularly if they’re employed in the food service industry.

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Marchers Shannon Tomanovich (left), with Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America, Stephanie Reynolds (center), with the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and Maria Swarts (right), who decided to participate while she was on her lunch break.

Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act, passed in 2015, requires all employers in the city to provide sick time to employees. That ordinance is currently being challenged at the state Supreme Court.