Three Portland companies have teamed on a project aimed at highlighting women’s voices ahead of the presidential inauguration on Friday.
Women’s lifestyle brand Wildfang along with technology and design firms Uncorked Studios and Ziba Design built the site Million Women’s Voices, which seeks to gather stories from women of all walks of life as the country swears in a president who has been openly hostile to women throughout the campaign.
“We want this to become a record of how women from all backgrounds felt when we elected a president who has repeatedly spread a racist, bigoted, misogynistic, xenophobic message. We want to lift up their stories,” said Wildfang CEO Emma McIlroy in an email to the Business Journal.
The site was built by eight designers and developers who are women. The team came together at the end of December and the site went live this week. Women can upload videos and share their thoughts. When videos are shared on social media the @whitehouse handle is added so White House staffers can see.
“The reaction so far has been amazing — the content is incredible intimate and meaningful. Each video is inspirational in its own way,” McIlroy said.
The videos are also meant to help women who can’t be at the planned Women’s March in Washington, D.C., connect and be heard, she added. McIlroy reached out to her connections at various agencies in town to make this happen. And in Portland tech fashion, hands were raised to help out.
“The amazing people at Ziba volunteered to design the site and the incredible folks at Uncorked volunteered to build it,” she said. “You couldn’t asked for a better team. Everyone worked over their holidays and weekends.”
So far, 76 videos have been uploaded. McIlroy noted that she plans to attend the Portland Women’s March on Saturday with her fiancé and the Wildfang team.