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Feds Photoshop Pic of Women's March

But the National Archives says it had good reason
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Women with bright pink hats and signs begin to gather early and are set to make their voices heard on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – Visitors to the National Archives will have to fill in the blanks after officials there altered a photo of a women's rights march, the Hill reports. In fact, the Archives altered multiple signs carried by women at the Women's March in Washington, DC, the day after President Trump's 2017 inauguration. That included blurring out the word "Trump" in a sign proclaiming "God Hates Trump" (now simply "God Hates") and blurring "Trump" in "Trump & GOP—Hands Off Women." Mentions of female genitalia were also blurred in at least two signs, one of which referred to Trump's Access Hollywood scandal.

Archives spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman said the goal was to remain a "non-partisan, non-political federal agency" and not expose young people to adult language. She also noted the photo is part of a promotional display, not an exhibition, and said an archivist appointed by President Obama supported the move. But history professors quoted by the Washington Post are not impressed, with one saying it "buys right into the notion that it's okay to silence women's voice and actions. ... That's an attempt to erase a powerful message." The photo is in a display greeting visitors to Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, an exhibit celebrating one hundred years of women's suffrage in America. (Read more women's rights stories.)

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