Inside the Collections

Ann Maria Davison

The recently digitized writings of Ann Maria Davison (1783–1871)six diaries (1847–1860) and the manuscript of an antislavery tractare the work of an educated, articulate, and devoutly religious Southern woman who was unequivocal in her criticism of slavery. 

Picks & Finds

[That Takes Ovaries: Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts book jacket, 2004. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Deconstructing That Takes Ovaries

That Takes Ovaries: Bold Women and Their Brazen Acts is a book, a play, an "open-mic" movement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to issues of women’s equality and empowerment, and now a digital collection at the Schlesinger Library.

[Advertisement for Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, 1890, MC 181, vol. 345o. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Advertising Motherhood with the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company

Lydia Estes Pinkham was lauded as “the saviour of her sex” for her Vegetable Compound, which claimed to “cure entirely the worst form of Female Complaints.” Advertising was at the core of her company’s success from its inception.