Before the morning meeting in Los Angeles, Yanti Palleschi sat at a table and joined others who were writing messages on banners.
"I come every year, I'm proud of the work women have done in the last election, but we need more powerful women," said Palleschi of Sherman Oaks, California, and a member of a nonprofit women's organization.
Waving for progressive laws
These marches are derived from those that began in January 2017 as a demonstration of resistance to Trump's election. In 2018, the movement changed to focus on midterm elections.
"The agenda focuses specifically on legislative actions and policies that can be achieved by 2020," said the Director of Women's March Operations, Rachel Carmona.
Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Institute of Latinas for Reproductive Health, described the agenda as a policy tool that organizers from different cities can use to address issues that are important to their communities.
What makes it unique is how it takes typically gender-neutral issues, such as immigration, and offers policy solutions that specifically benefit women and families, he said.
"It's about looking at different identities between women and "Women and political solutions to address attacks against those identities," he said.
In New York, protesters gathered for at least two separate events, including one in Foley Square for a "Women's Unity Rally." The organizers said they aim "to demand equal justice for black women, immigrant women, women of color and people who do not conform to gender."
Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to Congress, was at a separate rally near Central Park on Saturday morning. She said that the two events in New York shared the same message.
"All these women come together in solidarity among themselves, to support each other and to make sure that each voice is amplified, protected and advanced in the United States of America," he told CNN.
Concern about diversity, inclusion and allegations of intolerance.
The group has published numerous statements condemning anti-Semitism and committing to learn from their mistakes through training and discussions, promises that people badociated with the group say are ongoing.
In Washington, the marquee Carmella Ormando told CNN that the controversy did not make her any doubt about her participation.
"Because nothing is perfect," said the Arlington, Virginia, resident when asked why. "Because they have worked to solve some of their problems and use them as an opportunity to make some changes.
"And because we need to support each other, because the cause is much bigger."
She and Marian Klymkowsky, also of Arlington, said they marched in 2017. Klymkowsky said they had returned because they are not satisfied with the President.
"He is not uniting the country, he has perfect solutions for the problems he himself did," he said. "Why would not you be here marching?"
Emanuella Grinberg, Madeline Holcombe, Stephanie Becker, Dakin Andone, Meg Wagner, Greg Clary and Jessica Dean contributed to this report.