About Women's March on Washington Archive
The Women’s March on Washington Archives Project partners with organizers, volunteers, and marchers to collect oral histories and documentary photographs in order to preserve and make accessible documentation of the Women’s March movement, known in its second year and forward as March On. We strive to ensure the documentation of the movement’s growth, expansion, and the ways it has changed those who participate in it.
This project is intended to capture a new wave of feminism and document the evolution and intersection of organizers’ identities, daily lives, political activism and roles in the March On movement. This project endeavors to show the scope of the movement and the range of reasons individuals are organizing so that the beginnings and continuation of this diverse, women-centric political resistance may be documented in their own words and through their own lens. This project values the democratization of access and experience and honors that virtue through free and open researcher inquiry.
The Project Co-Founders, Danielle Russell and Katrina Vandeven, met in an email on the SAA Women in Archives Roundtable (Women in Archives Section) listserv. They recognized the importance of preserving that moment in women’s history due to the archival silence that has assisted with the historical delegitimation of women’s interaction with the state and women as political actors. In 2018, in celebration of global Women’s March anniversary events, the group expanded the scope of the project to include photography from marches and ‘Me Too’ actions.
This project is the efforts of many individuals capturing and preserving an important moment in Women’s History. This activist work is made available for the edification and research of future scholars studying the Women’s March/March On/Me Too and affiliated events henceforth.
The Women’s March on Washington Archives Project is hosted at UF, in collaboration with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) and the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research (CGSWSR), along with the Smathers Libraries. SPOHP and CGSWSR conducted field research at the Women's March, gathering over 150 interviews and producing the Voices from the March play based on the interviews.