Whoopi Goldberg Makes Surprise Speech at New York Women’s March

Whoopi Goldberg -  Liberty Science Center's Genius Gala-Getty-H 2016
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"The only way we're going to make a change is if we commit to change," said Goldberg on Saturday.

Today thousands of men and women in New York City participated in the second annual Women's March. It didn't take long for the entire Upper West Side to turn into a sea of pink hats and clever signs as marchers filled Central Park West from 61st Street up into the 80s and beyond.

At the pre-march rally in Columbus Circle, many speakers took to the stage, including surprise guest Whoopi Goldberg, Puerto Rican actress and activist Rosie Perez, singer Halsey, disability activist Nadina LaSpina and actress Veronica Dunne, among others.

"The only way we're going to make a change is if we commit to change. We have to decide that the people who represent us have to represent all of us. They can't represent some of us," Goldberg said during her speech. "We're all human beings and have a right to say, 'This is how I want to be spoken to. I don't want to be spoken to like you own me, like you think you can touch me when I say you cannot.' We are here to say — as women — we're not taking it anymore. It's just not going to happen."

Aside from marching for equal pay and reproductive rights, women were also loudly chanting about their support of immigrants, the LGBTQ community and the #MeToo movement, among other issues.

New York City, Washington D.C., and L.A. held Women's March events today, as well as Sundance Film Festival's Respect Rally, and Las Vegas' planned march, dubbed #PowerToThePolls, is set for tomorrow. One of its main goals is getting as many women registered to vote as possible.