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Women's March on Washington protest signs and ephemera collection

Identifier: MSS 543 large

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.


  • Creation: 2017

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 the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

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.


5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



Items arranged according to size. The inventory order corresponds with the physical arrangement within each box.

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.

Finding Aid for the Women's March on Washington protest signs and ephemera collection
Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA