WESTFIELD, NJ — People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

“It was over and above my expectations,” said organizer Lydia Kaplan, who estimated that thousands of people participated in Westfield.

The marches were meant “to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights,” according to organizers of the March on Washington. An estimated 673 marches took place worldwide and more than 2.5 million people RSVPed to participate.

"I feel so proud to be a part of history," said Fanwood resident Phyllis Mirabella, an organizer of local women who traveled by bus to the DC march. "The day exceeded my expectations and warmed my soul. I was emotionally overcome several times by the sheer numbers and magnitude."