Museums Are Archiving Signs from the Women’s March

A photo of an enormous crowd of people taken from the Women's March on Washington.

Photo courtesy of Garen M. at Flickr Creative Commons.

In the event that you missed it, Saturday’s Women’s March made history, or should we say, herstory. According to PoliticusUSA, it was the largest protest in American history. The Cut reports that an estimated $3.2 million people participated in this year’s march. As a result, museums around the world are now collecting Women’s March signs as historical artifacts.

The National Museum of American History was one of many museums collecting signs on Saturday. As a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History will be archiving the signs so that they are available for future use.

The Newberry Library in Chicago is also accumulating signs. It’s worth noting that the crowd in Chicago grew so large that the official march was cancelled. Organizers originally anticipated a crowd of about 50,000, but the march ended up attracting a crowd of about 250,000.

But it’s not just American museums that are stockpiling the signs. The Bishopsgate Institute in London is also amassing a collection. An estimated 100,000 people gathered in London on Saturday. The sheer amount of people who participated was unprecedented.

Canadians also came out of the woodwork to support the movement. As a result, the Royal Alberta Museum located in Edmonton, Canada is collecting signs and pins from the march. Chatelaine reports that while official numbers are still being counted, it’s safe to say that nearly 100,000 Canadians took part in the march.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, said that the march left him feeling “inspired.” On Sunday, he took to Twitter to voice his support for the movement.

“Congratulations to the women and men across Canada who came out yesterday to support women’s rights. You keep your government inspired,” Trudeau wrote.

It was definitely a momentous time in human history, one that is certainly worthy of being remembered. In all honesty, every history museum should be documenting this march, because never before has there been this big of a demonstration in the name of women’s rights.

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