Contributed photos Wilton residents were among the hundreds of thousands of protesters who participated in Women\u2019s Marches on Saturday, Jan. 20. The mission of the women-led Women\u2019s March is to \u201charness the political power of diverse women and their communities\u201d in order to \u201ccreate transformative social change,\u201d according to the movement\u2019s website. Wilton residents Joy Eller, Amy Jefferies, Kerry Nicholas, Julie Aquan, and Larkin Brown, as well as a group of 25 organized and led by the Wilton Democratic Town Committee (DTC), were among the more than 200,000 participants in this year\u2019s march in New York City. \u201cThe significance of the march goes beyond politics and even gender,\u201d said DTC member and selectman Deborah McFadden. \u201cIt was a demonstration for human rights and American values. It was a statement that we will not be silent when challenged.\u201d Tom Gunther, a newly elected Democrat on Wilton\u2019s Zoning Board of Appeals who was joined at the march by his wife and daughter, said he was deeply moved by the experience. \u201cIt is inspiring to know that belief in democracy exists and can unite us like this,\u201d he said. Eller participated in the inaugural Women\u2019s March in Washington, D.C., last year and said it was \u201cmore important than ever to march again this year.\u201d \u201cI was personally inspired by the Time\u2019s Up and MeToo movements, knowing that the stories that we read in the media are just the tip of iceberg,\u201d said Eller, who participated in this year\u2019s New York City march with friends from Wilton and the tri-state area. \u201cI think there is a communal feeling of just being incredibly fed up with the status quo.\u201d Eller said this year\u2019s march was about \u201cgetting women to vote, getting women to run for elected positions and a promise to keep the fight going.\u201d \u201cWe need to do this for all of our children \u2014 not just our daughters,\u201d she said. Aquan also attended the march in Washington, D.C., last year and said it was \u201csuch a great experience to gather with people from all over the country in support of a common cause \u2014 standing up for equality and women\u2019s rights.\u201d \u201cI decided to attend the New York City march this year to be closer to home and to march with my daughter and my husband\u2019s sisters \u2014 another great experience,\u201d she said. \u201cThe NYPD couldn\u2019t have been more helpful and the crowd more determined to make a difference. There were people on the sidelines helping anyone register to vote if they needed to. Really makes you feel that all is not lost and America will survive these troubled times.\u201d Brown, a 2014 Wilton High School graduate and current senior at Fairfield University, decided to participate in the march because she is \u201cvery passionate about speaking out for people who do not have a voice.\u201d \u201cI intern for CIRI (Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants), where I am constantly disheartened by the harsh realities that refugees face in our country,\u201d she said. Brown attended the march by herself and said she was \u201ca little bit worried\u201d that she would be lonely \u2014 but \u201cthat was far from the case.\u201d \u201cI felt empowered walking in a crowd of so many passionate people truly embracing democracy,\u201d she said. \u201cIt was an incredible experience.\u201d A small group of local Democrats, including Wilton Registrar of Voters and Wilton League of Women Voters member Carole Young-Kleinfeld, attended the sister Women\u2019s March in Hartford on Saturday. To learn more about the Women\u2019s March, visit womensmarch.com.