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Morna Gerrard oral history interview, August 7, 2017

 Item — othertype: Oral History
Identifier: GerrardM_20170807

Scope and Contents

Interviewed by Kathryn Michaelis. In this interview, Morna Gerrard talks about her political beliefs, and how they led her to decide to take part in the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017. She describes feeling powerless after Donald Trump's election, and taking actions to make herself feel empowered, including making plans to attend the march. Gerrard discusses many aspects of her experience at the march, including the group she traveled with, signs she saw and chants she heard, the positive atmosphere of the crowd, and her emotional state throughout and after the march. She describes the march as a personal turning point, and talks about how the sense of community she experienced at the march has led her to participate in other political activities since returning home, including attending other marches and volunteering as a clinic escort at the Feminist Women's Health Center. Gerrard talks about her hopes and fears for the future under the Trump administration, and discusses her hope that more women will run for public office.


  • Creation: August 7, 2017


Restrictions on Access

Oral history available for research.

Biographical Note

Morna Gerrard was born in 1967 in Forfar, Scotland. She attended Western Washington University on a fellowship, then returned to Scotland, where she worked at the National Archives in Edinburgh. Gerrard eventually returned to the United States and married an American citizen. She and her husband moved to Atlanta in 1999. Gerrard works in Georgia State University's Special Collections and Archives, where she is the Archivist for Women and Gender Collections.


1 Item(s) (audio (1:51:56 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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