Thousands, including several people from Canandaigua, made their voices heard.

SENECA FALLS — The opportunity to walk in her foremothers’ shoes was too much to pass up for Grete Steele de Torres of Canandaigua.

She and her 7-year-old daughter wanted to participate in a march and rally on Saturday at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, site of the first women’s rights convention in 1848.

“I believe in what my foremothers did,” Steele de Torres said. “I feel honored by their bravery and I am obligated to continue what they started.”

The Seneca Falls march and rally was considered a sister march to one in Washington, D.C., where marchers gathered the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump to protest his agenda and press for women, minority and human rights.

Thousands — many clad in purple, pink, white and gold clothing — came to the Seneca County village where Alice Paul in 1923 introduced the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.

“You really feel the energy here, being so steeped in the history of the women’s movement,” said Sarah Hamlin of Canandaigua.

The event was peaceful and moving, as so many like-minded and passionate people came to one spot sharing the ideas that all humans have rights, said Beth Weeden of Canandaigua.

Weeden was particularly struck by a man carrying a sign with the name of his 2-week-old granddaughter. And to have it all happen here was unbelievable to her.

“How cool is that, to be right there on the sidewalk where it all started?” Weeden said.

Steele de Torres said she hopes these marches — many also were held Saturday throughout the country and world — are effective.

“Change is a process,” she said. “We have to keep trying and make our voices heard.”

Fresh off the march, Hamlin said she is trying to remain optimistic even though these days it is easy to be pessimistic. But the march left her energized and heartened.

“This country and this world just heard a wake-up call,” Hamlin said. “We have to get moving and head in the right direction.”