We the Women

Exhibition • Print • Web • Augmented Reality

MFA Student Project, Tyler School of Art

Art Direction by Dermot Mac Cormack

We the Women is a book-and-exhibit-in-one about the history and current state of women in politics. The book, which can be unbound and hung as an exhibition in public buildings, was created for pre-teen to teenage girls, encouraging them to become politically active.

Users can access more content through the use of augmented reality app, Layar, which unlocks additional video, audio and image content.

It begins with the history of women’s suffrage around the world and continues to 2016. It highlights groundbreaking women in political history, like Victoria Claflin Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States in 1872.

Through the use of Augmented Reality, users can access additional content, such as an archival video clip of Shirley Chisholm announcing her run for the U.S. presidency in 1972. She was the first black candidate for a major party's nomination and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, in addition to being the first black Congresswoman.

Though Hillary Clinton did not break the highest glass ceiling by becoming the first female president of the United States, several female “firsts” were elected in 2016. 

Women like Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim legislator, prove to young women from different backgrounds that people like them have been elected.

Decoder glasses reveal hidden message quotes from these female firsts—a symbolic act of cutting through partisan infighting.

A website was also designed to promote the book/exhibit. It gives an overview of the content of the book and its interactive elements.