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2017 Women’s March records

Identifier: IWA0976

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Scope and Contents

The Women’s March 2017 records date from 2017 and measure 8.5 linear inches in 4 boxes. The records are arranged in 4 series: General, Photographs, Protest Signs, and Artifacts. The bulk of the collection deals with Women’s March protests in Iowa and Iowa women who attended protests in other cities.

The General (2017) series contains ephemera like postcards and a game entitled “direct action bingo” for protestors, newspaper clippings about the march and the lead up to it, planning materials for women travelling from Iowa to the Washington DC march, and a personal narrative about attending the Women’s March. This series also includes a newspaper entitled “Resist!” that focuses on women’s rights issues. The Photographs series (2017) has several printed photographs of pussy hats created by artist John Paul Hornbeck, and a variety of digital images taken by women who attended Women’s Marches in Atlanta, Georgia; Des Moines, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; and Washington DC.

The Protest Sign series (2017) contains poster board signs carried at women’s marches around Iowa and the United States. Their content covers a variety of political and feminist issues.

The Artifacts series (2017) includes four knitted pussy hats, one baseball cap pussy hat, and one political button.


  • Creation: 2017

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Biographical / Historical

The Women's March was a worldwide protest movement in response to the 2016 presidential election when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party in the United States. Teresa Shook, a Hawaii resident, was widely credited with originating the idea of the march after creating an event on social media and inviting her friends to march on Washington DC in protest of President Trump's inauguration. As more events were posted on social media and thousands of women began to respond, more experienced political organizers transformed the event into a multi-site protest with international reach. Many women knitted "pussy hats," bright pink caps with two points that resembled cat ears, to wear in the cold, January marches. According to the pattern's designers, Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, the hat's name "was chosen in part as a protest against vulgar comments Donald Trump made about the freedom he felt to grab women's genitals, to de-stigmatize the word "pussy" and transform it into one of empowerment, and to highlight the design of the hat's 'pussycat ears'." On January 21, 2017 over 200,000 attended the Women’s March in Washington DC. An estimated 3 to 5 million people marched in over 600 locations in the United States and around the world. Smaller Women’s Marches were held in subsequent years.


8.00 linear inches

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A pro-woman march, reacting to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, attended by more than 3 million people worldwide.

2017 Women’s March records
Anna Tunnicliff
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)