Current Exhibition

Until Safety Is Guaranteed

Until Safety Is Guaranteed: Women and the Fight against Violence

April 6, 2015 to August 14, 2015

This exhibition provides historical evidence on the topic of gender violence and documents the experiences of women who have survived domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Inside the Collections

[Schlesinger Library Blackwell Family Papers Digital Collection]

New Blackwell Family Digital Suite

The Schlesinger Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Blackwell Family Digital Suite for the online delivery of the Blackwell Family Papers.

Picks & Finds

[Program for the 1988 Women in Theatre Festival. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Theatrical Women in Boston and Beyond: The Women in Theatre Festival

In 1983 Sophie Parker and Tita Wernimont cofounded Watermelon Studio, Inc. (later Next Stage Theatre), a theatrical company in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, creating a venue in which local women theater professionals could present original work. It featured a women’s theatre festival, offering performances from a broad range of cultures and viewpoints.

[Hershe Michele Kramer and Estelle Coleman, May 8, 2015. Photo by Nancy A. Clover]

A Herstory Happening

It was 1983, the Cold War was in full swing, and concern over the deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe was a chilly reality. In reaction, a group of women established a place—the Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice (WEFPJ)—to come together to protest and organize.