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.

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.

Left to right: Alice Morrison, Evelyn Harrison, Hortense Boutell, and Mary Hilton during a meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Eleanor Roosevelt's home in Val-Kill, New York, June 1962. Catherine East Papers, Schlesinger LibraryLeft to right: Alice Morrison, Evelyn Harrison, Hortense Boutell, and Mary Hilton during a meeting of the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Eleanor Roosevelt's home in Val-Kill, New York, June 1962. Catherine East Papers, Schlesinger Library

The President's Commission on the Status of Women—50 Years Later

October 18, 2013

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Schlesinger Library is featuring a few women who were members of or staffed the commission.

Julia Ward Howe (oil on canvas), 1906. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryJulia Ward Howe (oil on canvas), 1906. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Saturday Morning Club of Boston

September 19, 2013

The archives of the Schlesinger Library include several collections that highlight the women’s club movement and the lives of its founding members. Organized and directed by women, the mission and objectives of the clubs varied, but most provided ample opportunities for self-improvement and voluntary civic work. The earliest clubs were formed shortly after the Civil War, and by the late 19th century, clubs had rapidly spread across the nation.

March on Washington 20th anniversary poster detail. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMarch on Washington 20th anniversary poster detail. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“I Have A Dream" and the March on Washington—50 Years Later

August 27, 2013

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Schlesinger Library is highlighting the papers of several women from our collections who fought for civil rights, some of whom participated in the monumental march on August 28, 1963. It was one of the most successful civil rights demonstrations in the history of America.

Poster from the Alice Park Poster collection. A woman in armor on a horse carrying a flag in support of the Stanford Chapter of the Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League.Poster from the Alice Park Poster collection. A woman in armor on a horse carrying a flag in support of the Stanford Chapter of the Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League.

Suffrage Posters

August 26, 2013

The Schlesinger Library has recently digitized hundreds of posters from its collections, including dozens of suffrage posters representing the efforts of both the American and British suffrage campaigns. To celebrate the certification of the 19th Amendment, which occurred on August 26, 1920, we’ve put together a few highlights below.

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