Thousands rally on steps of state capitol in Olympia

The Women's March also drew a large crowd at our state capitol, including some state lawmakers.

The Women's March also drew a large crowd at the Washington state capitol campus in Olympia. A handful of state lawmakers and First Lady Trudy Inslee were among the crowd.

When Representative Beth Doglio stepped to the microphone, she talked about what things have been like since the last time they gathered here.

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“2017 was a long, long year," she said.

The crowd covered the capitol steps, the Hall of Justice and spilled out into nearby roadways at the capitol campus. Rep. Doglio gave a passionate speech.

"We are too furious to be tired. We are fired up today,” she told the crowd. “We saw ridiculous Twitter feeds from our leader that were racist, sexist, homophobic and downright scary at times."

The legislature has only been in session for a few weeks, but Representative Laurie Jinkins said they’re seeing a difference.

“Yesterday, illustrating our Senate is ready to work with us, they passed a voting rights act and they passed a ban on conversion therapy and they passed a ban on transgender kids from bullying," she told the cheering crowd.

Both Doglio and Jinkins also talked about pay equality legislation that they believe will make it to the governor’s desk this year. Jinkins challenged the crowd to look past this event.

“What do you plan to do this year?” she said.

Indigenous women's’ groups led the march from the capitol down to the lake. Organizers like Jill Williams say there is still a lot of work ahead.

“I feel like every step forward. We take a couple back. It's this constant up and down and back and forth," said Williams.

The event included booths at the end where marchers could take that next step and get more information about continuing their advocacy.

“I think a lot more people are paying attention to what's happening. It's making more and more people want to step up,” Lexi Shoblom said.