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Why Are You Marching?: January 2017 Women's March interviews, photographs, and website

Identifier: SSC-MS-00799

Scope and Contents

The collection contains sixteen brief interviews with participants in the Women's Marches on January 21, 2017, the the day after Donald J. Trump's inauguration. Marches took place in Washington, D.C, and across the country.

This project, conducted by Annie Hartnett, Kathryn Rogers, and Anne-Charlotte Patterson, hoped to tell the story of why so many women were marching on that day and what they hoped to achieve. The project also aimed to offer a glimpse into what diverse women are thinking and feeling at this pivotal moment in history. Most of the interviews were conducted via email or telephone.

Included in the collection are transcripts of interviews, audio recordings for five interviews, 140 still images of the march and some photos of interviewees; and the archived web site, entitled "Why Are You Marching?" ( The website was captured in June 2019 and includes many of these interviews and photos.

Dates of Materials

  • 2016 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

Some of the interviews in this collection have restrictions on access. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.

Conditions Governing Use

Some individual narrators have retained copyright to their interviews. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for more information on use.

For all other interviews and photographs, the donors: Annie Hartnett, Kathryn Rogers, and Anne-Charlotte Patterson have licensed these materials to be freely used, so long as the user attributes materials' original authorship to them. This agreement is governed by a CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International) license. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the donors, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.


.0170 Gigabytes (220 digital files)

1 website

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The project conducted by Annie Hartnett, Kathryn Rogers, and Anne-Charlotte Patterson who donated their interviews and photographs to the Sophia Smith Collection in February 2019.

Processing Information

The digital files from this project were transferred by the donors to the SSC and backed up to digital storage by for preservation and access. The project website ( was captured on June 12, 2019.



Finding aid to Why Are You Marching? interviews and 2017 Women's March photographs
Margaret Jessup
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-15: Agents and notes added to interviews

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
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