July 1972 inaugural issue of Ms. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryJuly 1972 inaugural issue of Ms. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Behind the Scenes at Magazines

November 21, 2014

How do "ordinary women" describe their lives, construct identity, experience, and participate in mass media and culture? How can historians learn about the lived experience of most women, whose lives are outside of the public eye? One approach is to examine letters written to trusted magazines.

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

Deconstructing That Takes Ovaries

October 2, 2014

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 LibraryAdvertisement 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

September 18, 2014

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.

Now You Are 10. Neenah, Wisconsin: Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 1958. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryNow You Are 10. Neenah, Wisconsin: Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 1958. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“You’re a Young Lady Now”: Menstrual Education Through Advertising

July 17, 2014

Earlier this year, the Schlesinger Library acquired a variety of menstruation education pamphlets ranging in date from 1905 to 1988, with the majority published from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Priscilla Dewey Houghton with Amory Houghton Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPriscilla Dewey Houghton with Amory Houghton Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Tradition of Diary-Keeping

June 20, 2014

The papers of the arts consultant and playwright Priscilla Dewey Houghton provide a look at the private musings and worldviews of three generations of women.

From tintype album of Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall, ca. 1900-1905. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFrom tintype album of Elizabeth (Almy) Cobb Hall, ca. 1900-1905. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Bird in Hand: Uncovering Photographic Treasures

March 20, 2014

Approximately 75,000 photographs from the Schlesinger Library's collections are now available online. 

Drawing for the Mary Wollstonecraft runner of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDrawing for the Mary Wollstonecraft runner of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Crafting the Dinner Party

February 25, 2014

Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party depicts and celebrates the lives of mythical and historical women, each of whom represent a historical period in Western civilization.

Susan B. Anthony, c.1900. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger LibrarySusan B. Anthony, c.1900. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Susan B. Anthony Papers Join Our Growing Digital Collections

January 27, 2014

The Schlesinger Library has digitized several small collections of Susan B. Anthony papers consisting of correspondence, diaries, and speeches, as well as photographs, inscriptions in books, and memorabilia related to the American icon.

Watercolor illustration by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in Charles Walter Stetson's copy of The Poetical   Works of John Keats, preliminary leaf, edited by William T. Arnold. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1884. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryWatercolor illustration by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in Charles Walter Stetson's copy of The Poetical Works of John Keats, preliminary leaf, edited by William T. Arnold. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1884. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

"No Gifts From You I Want This Year": Gifts of Books in the Collection of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Family

January 8, 2014

The Schlesinger Library has over 100 books once owned by the family of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Of all of them, the most fascinating are Christmas gifts from her husbands Charles Walter Stetson and George Houghton Gilman.

Women machinists operating drills, ca. 1942. Courtesy of Women's Bureau Photograph Collection, Schlesinger LibraryWomen machinists operating drills, ca. 1942. Courtesy of Women's Bureau Photograph Collection, Schlesinger Library

Discovering Rosie

November 21, 2013

In early to mid-2013, I digitized a collection of unedited personal interviews; subjects for the documentary film The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter. I listened to about 40 hours of “Rosie” interviews with the real women who were hired by US industry and manufacturing to help with the war effort during World War II.

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