SPECIAL REPORT – Lego Visualizations of the Women’s March, Refugees


The day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions across the world marched in support for women’s rights. A week later, after Trump signed a controversial executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees, protests erupted at airports across the U.S. To bring context to these recent events, we used Legos to help visualize the protests and the numbers of refugees in the country.

Women's March 2017

The women’s protests: marching from afar

By Courtney Lewis, Erica Evans, Virginia Fay and Christine Quan

This video uses LEGOs to show the international countries where the most protesters turned out, during global marches for women’s rights on Jan. 21.



Visualizing the Women’s March with Legos

By Jane Nevins, Peter Arcuni, Thomas Plank and Kelly Swanson

Comprehending the numbers of people who protested in January’s historic Women’s March is difficult to understand just by the numbers. That’s where Legos come in.


Thousands protest President Trump’s executive order at major airports

Thousands protest President Trump’s executive order at major airports

By Felix Petermann, Siqi Lin and Jenna Fowler

We visualized the number of protesters at five major airports, following President Trump’s immigration ban executive order.



Five countries account for more than three-quarters of refugees in 2015

By Alec Glassford, Sejin Paik and Tara McCullough

The number of refugees coming from Iraq, Somalia and Bhutan has actually decreased or remained stable from 2014 to 2015.



These are the top states to resettle refugees by political party, as told by Legos

By Bethney Bonilla, Dylan Tull and Tori Owens

In fiscal year 2016, the U.S. admitted 84,995 refugees – the highest number since the turn of the century. According to Pew Research analysis, only 10 states resettled the majority of refugees. Six of those states voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election.

This project was produced by Peninsula Press student reporters in Cheryl Phillips’ Public Affairs Data Journalism II class at Stanford.