Thousands rally at W.Va. Capitol for Women's March

Published: Jan. 21, 2017 at 9:55 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of women, men and children took to the West Virginia Capitol Saturday for the Women's March on West Virginia.

The march was a localized addition to the larger Women's March on the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Strategically scheduled for the day after of President Donald Trump's inauguration, the march

The turnout was larger than even the organizers had anticipated. They say more than 2800 people were in attendance Saturday.

A diverse crowd of both men and women filed cheered, chanted and held signs on the Capitol complex, enough people to form a complete circle on the sidewalk around the Capitol building.

Former House of Delegates representative Nancy Guthrie was among those at the march. She also addressed the crowd.

Guthrie tells WSAZ, "I march to respect the women who've marched before me. Our history is full of these brave women. Many were jailed, institutionalized, ostracized and demonized for the crime of identifying a wrong or a threat, that could only be righted through change. Removing barriers for women is part of our past, our present and our future. Each time we march it's an admission that women matter in America. Giving ground on any hard fought gain made by women for women should never be an option. Not now, not ever."