‘Women’s wave’ lends a hopeful tone at third women’s march in Sacramento

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Shirley Okey, 99, of Sacramento has seen women make significant strides toward equality in her lifetime, but she wants to see more progress.

“I want fairness,” Okey said. “I want equality. I want a Senate with half women and half men.”

Dressed in pink, Okey took a bus Saturday morning from downtown retirement home Pioneer House to join the third annual women’s march. When her bus parked at the corner of 8th and Q streets, Okey descended on the wheelchair lift greeted by applause and a band playing. She bobbed her head to the music and raised her fist in the air, to cheers.