poster with upward fist and words fight like a girl

Moving Impressions, Challenging Preconceptions

“I’m going to fight like a girl, going to take on the world with this fire in my soul” Lyrics from Fight Like A Girl by WILSN, 2019

Archival material adds content and complexities that challenge stereotypes and preconceived gender roles. The phrase “Fight Like A Girl” was (is?) commonly used as an insult hurled at men and reinforces the idea of women as the weaker sex.  In recent years, this phrase has been appropriated as a positive and encouraging message for girls and women. As a common theme seen in the collection Women’s March Los Angeles posters, the phrase “Fight Like A Girl” represents persistence, power, and of course, strength.  

Main image are posters from the Los Angeles Women’s March collection, Collection no. 7050, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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