I was one of millions at the march that made history.
Everyone’s experiences were different and came from beautifully unique perspectives. As a straight, cisgendered, white woman, it was humbling to stand in Washington D.C. amongst so many other fem-identifying people of various ethnicities, coming from multiple countries, and different backgrounds. We saw the walls that white feminism has built, and the uprising that is hell-bent on tearing those walls down.
And of course, there are allies in Columbus helping to make that happen. In fact, while we were marching, Zachary Traxler and a graphic designer he didn’t know, were plotting.
Many know that the Columbus entrepreneur is more than just a print shop owner—he’s part community activist, often stepping up to shift his modest Traxler Printing machine into one of the Midwest’s most far-reaching social enterprise engines.
So, it’s no surprise that on January 21, as millions of people across the world (with some estimates as high as 4.6 million) marched for equality, Traxler had his antennae tuned in.
The powerful response from individuals across the globe drove a conversation in Empower Ohio, a local Facebook group, and members started chatting about creating a coffee table book comprised of photographs from the marches around the world. Traxler immediately formulated the plan to team up with Angela Melito, a graphic designer from Virginia who had started collecting pictures. Within 48 hours, a collection of thousands of photographs documenting the historical day had been amassed—a total that eventually surpassed 2,000.
Even better? Every cent of profit from the $59.95 book’s sales will benefit a charity chosen by the purchaser. The organizations with which the team has partnered are the ACLU, Planned Parenthood (at the national level), Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, and the Women’s March on Washington: Ohio Chapter.
“This book is being made to encapsulate all of the different walks of life and the different reasons for marching,” Traxler said. “Just because it happened one day doesn’t mean it should stop.”
Beyond a tangible way to drive fundraising, Traxler sees the book as way to devote time and attention to intersectionality and human rights.
“I have children, and I don’t want them to grow up in an environment similar to the one in which we’re living today, so for me, this is a motivational piece. I’m hoping that someone who isn’t tuned into what’s going on will pick up the book and be inspired to do something on their own.”
If a photograph is worth a thousand words, then this book is sure to mean thousands of dollars, too.
The 200-page hardcover will be archived in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Library of Congress, with multiple editions going into production, followed by a smaller format that will be made available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book sellers. Additional photographs uploaded to the website after the book goes to print will be archived in the Digital Collections of the Library of Congress. If you’re looking to order a copy, visit womensmarchbook.com.