Scenes From Yesterday’s ‘Carry That Weight’ Protests


Yesterday, inspired by Emma Sulkowicz’s senior thesis project, Carry That Weight, Columbia students left 28 waterlogged mattresses on the doorstep of university president Lee Bollinger — one for every complainant in Columbia’s Title IX case. The action was one of approximately 130 similar protests that occurred yesterday around the globe as students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens shouldered mattresses and pillows in solidary with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

At Columbia, students listed their demands for reform; and on campuses across the country, students joined forces to lift mattresses overhead, to proclaim their support for Sulkowicz, and to put similar pressure on their schools. Here’s a look at yesterday’s protests, via Twitter, Instagram, and courtesy of event organizers across the country.

Appalachian University, Boone, NC

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Barnard College, New York, NY

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

Photo: @Y0Adrienn

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Photo: @lahaave/Laura Anne Haave

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Photo: Cori Redstone Photo: Cori Redstone

Central European University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Clark University, Worcester, MA

Columbia University, New York, NY

Connecticut College, New London, CT

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dartmouth University, Hanover, NH

Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Photo: @taylor3575/Taylor Eisenhauer

George Washington University, Washington, DC

Photo: @alexasnewgroove Photo: @alexasnewgroove

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Goshen College, Goshen, IN

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Photo: @ohheycarina

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Rutgers University, Piscataway Township, NJ

Photo: @RU_VPVA

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Photo: Nora-Kerrich

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Photo: @KatyT18

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Photo: @EllieVamanos
Scenes From the ‘Carry That Weight’ Protests