Women's March on Washington protest signs and ephemera collection Edit


MSS 543 large
Finding Aid Author
Lydia Tang
Finding Aid Date
Description Rules
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  • 2017 (Creation)


  • 5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    6 boxes

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  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Women's March on Washington protest signs and ephemera collection, MSS 543, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The bulk of the collection was acquired and donated by Becky Martin with some donations from MSU Librarians who also attended the March donated in 2017.

  • Processing Information

    Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Following the inauguration of U. S. President Donald Trump, over one million protestors assembled in the nation's capitol the following day to protest his rhetoric of anti-women, anti-LGBTQIA+, xenophobia, populist, anti-environment, science, and worker's rights. The event inspired several other protests both across the country and internationally, making January 21, 2017 the largest protest in history with an estimated 5 million wordwide participants.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Women's March on Washington protest signs and ephemera collection is a sampling of the messages displayed at the protest. A particularly iconic feature of the protests are the knitted pink "pussy hats" which refer to a recorded 2005 coversation with Trump who described grabbing women by their genitals. The corners of the hats resembled cat ears, playing on the word "pussy" also referring to cats.