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The Insiders: You’re invited to be united at today’s rally

Chances are you either are a woman or have met one somewhere in your travels. But did you know women once didn’t have all the rights they have now? Can you imagine, living a life with only lefts? It would have flipped the world on its head for the makers of spiral bound notebooks.

Plenty of positive steps have been taken in the last few centuries, though. For instance, did you know that because of the smart phone suffrage movement, women now have the right to vote on American Idol? That’s progress, dog.

Alas, there’s still plenty of work to be done, and today is a day to look forward to greater progress when New Hampshire Women United hosts the Women United Moving Forward rally to “celebrate the past and look to the future” on the State House lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature music and food and special guest speakers, as well as appearances by numerous agencies working for the progress of women, families, children, the environment and hot dogs. The latter will be represented by Concord’s own Puppy Love Hot Dogs – owned and operated by Gretchen Peters.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and plunk down for some good, old-fashioned advancin’. Organizers are hoping to make the event special, as this year marks the 100th celebration of the March on Washington, which was significantly colder than the July on Washington. To learn more, visit

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If you’re looking for something to do later in the afternoon, you can get a double-dip of entertainment at Makris Lobster House, which will welcome musician Alan Roux at 3 p.m. and host its Car Cruise Night from 4-7 p.m.

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