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Women from WNY attend D.C. Women's March

Posted at 4:01 PM, Jan 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-22 16:01:35-05

It's in the crowd of thousands in Washington D.C. for the Women's March where you could find five Western New York Women: Ramona Santa Maria, Jennifer Morrow, Kate Coffman, Merrie Jo Griffin, and Michelle Tarbox.

"We all had love in our heart, and tears in our eyes," said Santa Maria.

Love and tears, as they marched shoulder to shoulder, and step by step Saturday morning to make their voices heard.

"We want our elected officials to know that what's going on in government right now is not acceptable to women," said Morrow. "The hatred, the marginalization... it's unacceptable."

So they prepped their signs and hopped on a bus that took them from Buffalo to the Nation's capital. It's a day they've been waiting for since back in November, when they bought their tickets.

"There were people of all colors, religion, sexuality... it was really a beautiful thing to be part of," said Coffman.

They say they're marching for their rights, especially after this election.

"Tis election, and the manner that it was conducted and what I see going on, I'm very fearful of our institution," said Griffin.

"When the election happened, it made me question who we are as a country, and today it reaffirmed that htis unity and this inclusiveness is who this country really is and it really makes me hopeful," said Tarbox.

Hope is not the only thing they're clinging to.

"This is democracy at it's best," said Santa Maria.

"You be the change that you want to see happen in your world," said Griffin.

While they head back to Buffalo Saturday night, they also feel accomplished living the march in history.

"Somebody has to speak up and hundreds of thousands of people did not just here in Washington, but across the United States... I am so proud today," said Tarbox.

"This is something that I'm so proud of," said Coffman. "I'll be able to share it with my daughter, and my mom and my grandchildren eventually."

At the end of our phone conversation, they all exclaimed: "we made history!"