Women's March on the Palouse

Latah County Historical Society

On January 21, 2017 over 2,500 people across the Palouse and beyond participated in the Women's March on the Palouse. The local March was organized by Elizabeth Stevens, and a group of others, as a sister march to the Women's March on Washington that drew crowds over 500,000 people.The Women's March on the Palouse was one of hundreds of sister Marches that occured on January 21, 2017. People participated for dozens of various reasons, many reasons involved Women's Rights. These are photos, stories, posters, and more from those who participated in the historical event.

During the morning of January 21, 2017 community members gathered at City Hall in Moscow, Idaho where they would begin the Women's March on the Palouse.

Many of those who participated in the March carried signs expressing the reasons why they were attending the march.

"I took part in the Women's March on the Palouse because I couldn't make the March on Washington. I first found out about the March through the Pussyhat project. It was important to participate in both projects as a way to connect with women locally, nationally, and globally. We're going to need these connections to help us find the strength and inspiration to promote issues women care about and to protect our rights under this new administration and an increasingly polarized world. There are so many issues on my poster because everything is interconnected and I had a hard time picking just one." -Jennifer Hiebert

"Signs carried by my daughter (Rory, 11) and me at the Women's March on the Palouse. We wanted our signs to have a powerful, yet positive and peaceful, message to them to help convey the meaning of peaceful protest." -Kristy Mayer

March participants marched from Moscow City Hall down 3rd Street to reconvene at East City Park. It was originally planned to march on the side walks toward East City Park, but the snow and massive crowd moved to the street.

People of all ages, abilities, and gender identities participated in the Women's March on the Palouse.

While marching down 3rd street the roars of protest cries filled the air. Saying such as "No Justice, No Peace!" and "We Will Rise!" carried far across town.

"Similar to one I saw on the internet. Represents how astonishing the political environment is and how important it is to stand up for equality for all. It is amazing how many people in Moscow attended the event and felt the same." -Renee

After marching down 3rd street participants reconvened at East City Park. The park was filled to the edges with those who joined. Emotions were high as the community realized the empowerment they provide to each other.

"I wanted to show my solidarity with women across the nation and join the resistance against Donald Trump's mysogynistic policies." - Elisabeth Brackney

Planners of the Women's March and speakers on stage were in awe of the thousands of people that marched and gathered at East City Park in Moscow, Idaho on January 21, 2017 for the Women's March on the Palouse.

Local speakers gathered on stage at East City Park to tell their stories, to discuss the future, and to provide empowerment.

"Counter all fake news, alternative facts, etc., by speaking loudly against [them]. We must make our voices heard." -BJ Swanson

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Women's March on the Palouse was developed by the Latah County Historical Society.

Alex Croft, Spring Semester Intern at the Latah County Historical Society, developed this exhibition for the Google Cultural Institute.

All digital materials used in this exhibition are copyright the Latah County Historical Society (LCHS). Original materials can be found at the LCHS office and are available for research.

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