Washington Metro ridership was at 275,000 before noon Saturday. In case you're wondering, that's 40% higher than the 11 a.m. ridership count for Friday, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the U.S.
At one point, Metro trains bypassed L'Enfant Plaza station because of crowding.
More than 200,000 people were expected to turn out for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday in the nation's capital, with thousands of others joining in solidarity across the globe.
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.