Welcome to the Exhibit

On January 20, 2017 Donald Trump was sworn into office as the President of the United States following what can only be described as an extremely tumultuous and polarizing campaign. The results of the election the previous November came as a shock to many. The backlash and dissent began almost immediately, so much so that by January 21, 2017 a march was organized that mobilized thousands of people, women and others, to flood the streets of Washington D.C., while others marched in solidarity in cities around the world (see this map).

The Women’s March on Washington was of a magnitude that people who traveled across the country to stand in solidarity with women quite literally had to stand, shoulder to shoulder, in crowds so large that the entire length of a given street was filled.

However, this march was not without its critics, and those who would go on to think critically about its organizing mechanics and politics. Many said that this demonstration reflected the sentiments of white feminsim above all else, and that it was an antiquated gesture, reminiscient of first-wave feminism of the 1960's. 

This exhibit attempts to compare how different contemporary American demonstrations manifest and are perceived differently, with a specific focus on perceptions of the Women's March from people who were present in regard to intersectional considerations taken. 

These are their oral histories.