Reading Themselves into History

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Photo by Jessica BrilliPhoto by Jessica Brilli

In today's overstimulated society, it's hard to imagine a time when reading—which we regard as solitary—was seen as a social activity. But for middle- and upper-class women of America's first Gilded Age (from about 1865 to 1901), reading was social and central. In her book Well-Read Lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), Barbara Sicherman, B.I. '74, argues that these women read themselves into history.

Working 9 to 5 at Harvard and Beyond

Harvard Gazette
Friday, September 3, 2010
A typical clerical worker in the 1970s (Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, from the records of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women).A typical clerical worker in the 1970s (Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, from the records of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women).

Before the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers, there was 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women. Founded in 1972 by Ellen Cassedy and Karen Nussbaum, then clerical workers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the organization dedicated itself to putting issues faced by working women on the public agenda.

Steinem to Receive Radcliffe Medal

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Gloria Steinem_photo by Stephanie Mitchell Harvard Staff Photographer

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has announced that Gloria Steinem, a pioneering feminist, award-winning journalist, and best-selling author, will be awarded the 2010 Radcliffe Institute Medal at the Radcliffe Day luncheon on Friday (May 28).

Radcliffe Institute Dean Barbara J. Grosz will give opening remarks and present the medal, and Steinem will deliver the luncheon address.

Curveball: Toni Stone's Challenge to Baseball and America

The Radcliffe Quarterly
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Illustration by John MusgroveIllustration by John Musgrove

The first woman to play professional baseball on men's teams played in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs and the Indianapolis Clowns. In her biography, Martha Ackmann RI '09 describes the challenges Stone faced in the Jim Crow South and elsewhere.

Partners in Research

Radcliffe Quarterly, Summer 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Radcliffe fellow Martin Summers RI '08 and his research partner, Wangui Muigai '09. Photo by Leah FastenRadcliffe fellow Martin Summers RI '08 and his research partner, Wangui Muigai '09. Photo by Leah Fasten

Historian Martin Summers RI '08 didn’t know he needed a Radcliffe Research Partner . . . until he met Harvard undergraduate Wangui Muigai ’09.

Women's Stories: Why the Schlesinger Library Matters

Radcliffe Quarterly
Friday, February 1, 2008
Illustration by Michelle Thompson

With roughly three thousand unique manuscript collections and ninety thousand photographs, as well as thousands of items of ephemera, the Schlesinger is arguably the world's largest archive devoted to the history of both individual women and women's organizations.

Little Lulu Comes to Harvard

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Little Lulu's report card. Copyright Classic Media

The Little Lulu papers have found a home at the Schlesinger Library.

Degrees of Success: Studying the Choices of Highly Educated Women

Radcliffe Quarterly
Saturday, July 1, 2006
Illustration by Jean Francois Martin

Are some professions more favorable for combining career and family? Economists Claudia Goldin RI '06 and Lawrence Katz RI '06 examine the data on graduates of the nation's top colleges and professional schools.

Little Lulu Lives Here

The Radcliffe Quarterly
Saturday, July 1, 2006
From the Marge (Marjorie Henderson Buell) Papers at the Schlesinger Library, originally published in the Saturday Evening PostFrom the Marge (Marjorie Henderson Buell) Papers at the Schlesinger Library, originally published in the Saturday Evening Post

“Little Lulu,” the black-eyed girl in the bright red dress whose antics played out in the nation’s “funny pages” for almost half of the twentieth century, has taken up residence at the Schlesinger Library.

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