California Sen. Kamala Harris, who was among dozens of speakers at the packed Women's March on Washington, struck a defiant tone in her words to the sea of people dotted with pink hats.
"When I look at this incredible crowd today I know one thing ... even if are not sitting in the White House ... even if you don't run a corporate super PAC ... you have the power and we the people have the power," she said.
Consistent with the theme of other speeches at the event, Harris emphasized that all issues are women's issues.
A group of women from New York’s Harlem neighborhood said that rifts between white marchers and women of color have been overblown by the media.
"I might talk more about keeping people from being evicted from their homes, and maybe you want to talk about saving the whales, but on most issues we come together, ’’ said Cordell Cleare, a Democratic Party district leader. “Equal pay affects all women. Domestic violence affects all women.”
"Men, too," she said with a laugh as a white man photo-bombed a picture that a reporter was taking by draping his arms around two black women.
Many who marched in Houston came with particular concerns after years of battles here: for women's health care, along with reproductive, Latino, gay and transgender rights.
They brought handmade signs saying "Leave Planned Parenthood alone," "Bathrooms for everyone" and "We want healthcare, sex ed and special education."
"If I lived in the middle of a liberal county, I wouldn't be aware of how bad it is," said Allison Anderson, 19, a student who lives in a conservative area outside Houston where she has fought for gay and lesbian rights.
Attendees of the Sundance Film Festival took to Main Street for a women's march in Park City, Utah. Among the celebrities spotted in the crowd were organizer Chelsea Handler, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and John Legend.
"It's not 1917, it's 2017," said Handler as she addressed the crowd gathered for the rally. "Who knew we had to fight for progress we already had?"
Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta was greeted by chants of "Si se puede" as she took the stage. Huerta was slated to speak at the march in Washington, D.C., before the documentary about her life, "Dolores," was accepted into the film festival.
Californians Tina Bankhead and Rachel Gunther stood outside their hotel in Washington, watching as masses of women in pink caps streamed toward the women's march. But they kept getting funny looks. Bankhead was wearing a blue cap with an American flag and the words "TRUMP Make America Great Again."
Bankhead, a 43-year-old Mexican American woman from Orange who works in the packaging industry, stood on the corner, doing a Facebook Live video as women streamed past.
Bankhead, a volunteer for the California Trump campaign, came with Gunther, a 60-year-old fellow volunteer from Long Beach, to the inauguration and Freedom Ball. Bankhead was delighted to see Trump and the new first lady dance, and said she thought Melania Trump's white dress was gorgeous.