Recent History Highlighted in Women’s March Exhibit

Submitted by Jan Hebbard on

womens march poster 2017The Women’s March on Washington, D.C. in January 2017 comes into focus in a new exhibit at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. “Nevertheless, She Resisted: Documenting the Women’s Marches” opens to the public Friday, Jan. 18. 

An estimated 725,000 protesters gathered in the streets of Washington for the first Women’s March in 2017. Cities across the country and around the world echoed the scene, hosting sister marches that drew an additional 4.1 million attendees. Protesters gathered one day after the presidential inauguration to voice their concerns following a divisive campaign season and the election of President Donald Trump.

“Nevertheless, She Resisted” examines the Women’s March of 2017 and 2018 through posters, photographs, articles, and other ephemera. It explores the branding of a new women’s movement, the connections shared with historic movements for suffrage and women’s rights in the United States, and the ways in which this ongoing movement continues to evolve. The display also considers the counter-protesters who appeared at these demonstrations and their views.

Exhibit curator Terri Hatfield, program coordinator at the University of Georgia's Institute for Women's Studies, hopes that visitors will walk away with a greater understanding of the impact of the marches. "I hope this exhibit gives a sense of the broader political implications and issues that compelled people to protest, and draws connections to women’s movements of the past and their historic impact,” said Hatfield.

All of the items on display, both those documenting recent events as well as past protests, are part of the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and Law. The Draper Center funds research in the area of women's studies and the Archives houses thousands of artifacts documenting the evolution of women's rights in the United States and Great Britain from the 16th century to present.

The Hargrett Library Gallery is located inside the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at 300 S. Hull Street. The building is free and open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1-5 Saturdays. The exhibit will remain on display through May 17, 2019.