By Women in Design I Press Release

On January 21, 2017, GSD students joined the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. This trip was organized and led by the co-chairs of the Women in Design (WiD) student organization; Ashley Thompson (MDes R&R 2017), Adria Boynton (MDes R&R 2017), and Alexandra Mei (MLA 2017). These students marched in recognition of the national organizers’ mission, an excerpt of which is included below:

“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

Over the course of the day, these students participated in the morning rally before marching from the Capitol Building to the Ellipse. The march was both peaceful and powerful, with an estimated 500,000 participants in D.C. and upwards of 3.5 million participants worldwide.[1] The Women’s March on Washington is now said to be the largest one-day protest in United States history. [2]

This incredible WiD mobilization was made possible by generous support from GSD Student Services and GSD Student Forum.

GSD students join the march in D.C. Photography by Emily Drury, MLA 2017

[1] Data collection ongoing by Professors Chenoweth (University of Denver) and Professor Pressman (University of Connecticut)
[2] Estimate according to data collected by Professors Chenoweth and Pressman.