Expectations exceeded as more than 500 women and men marched through downtown Idaho Falls despite icy sidewalks and freezing temperatures Saturday morning.

The march in Idaho Falls was inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, which also inspired over 616 marches in the U.S. and in other countries around the world.

Six marches occurred in Idaho, including a march in Pocatello which attracted 1,200 people and another in Boise which had over 5,000 marchers, according to East Idaho News.

Miranda Marquit, co-organizer of the Women’s March in Idaho Falls, said the march should not be taken as a political statement, but instead to send a message to local government and citizens that there is still a lot of work needed to be done for equality among women.

“I just want it to be a march that raises awareness,” Marquit said. “Coming out here, addressing our government and letting them know that some of the rhetoric recently about rolling back some of our rights as women, rights of minorities, rolling back some of the rights of the LGBTQ community — thats’s not acceptable. We fight for our rights, we fight to expand rights to more people and it’s very important that we as citizens come out and be engaged in the process.”

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