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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Sophie D. Coe: Her Work, Her Collection, and Her Prize

July 24, 2013

On Saturday, July 6, in Oxford, England, the 19th annual Sophie Coe Prize was awarded to Barak Kushner for Slurping Towards Modernity: The Birth of an Iconic Japanese National Dish (Global Oriental, 2012). Awarded by the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, it is the longest-running and most generous prize for writing in food history in the English language.

Fourth National Women's Music Festival program cover, 1977Fourth National Women's Music Festival program cover, 1977

Getting In Tune: Women's Summer Music Festivals

June 18, 2013

Summer can evoke images of friends, music, freedom, and the outdoors. Although people don’t generally associate libraries with music and the outdoors, some collections of personal papers currently held by the Schlesinger Library contain materials from open-air events, such as women’s music festivals.  Many of these music festivals began in the 1970s, and women who attended them often experienced them as a form of fellowship. The events provided a supportive community for those who may have felt isolated in the larger society.

Radcliffe College Commencement, 1958. Photo by George M. Cushing. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryRadcliffe College Commencement, 1958. Photo by George M. Cushing. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Radcliffe Day, May 31, 2013

May 13, 2013

Radcliffe Day is a time of celebration—a time especially to celebrate Radcliffe College alumnae. In tribute, we highlight some of the popular digital resources from the Radcliffe College Archives. Over time the Library has digitized thousands of photographs and hundreds of publications, making the material accessible online to be enjoyed by alumnae and scholars alike. These sources provide important historical documentation of college administration, student life, and alumnae activity.

Marietta Tree, ca.1945. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMarietta Tree, ca.1945. Photo courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Marietta Tree: More Than Just a Pretty Face

April 18, 2013

A celebrity in her own right among politicians and public figures of the mid-20th century, Mary (Marietta) Endicott Tree’s (1917–1991) life was defined by glamour, public service, and political pursuits. Her life was also characterized by the limitations and opportunities of being a woman in elite and powerful circles.

One Activist to Another: Alice Paul Reads The Feminine Mystique

March 26, 2013

Last month we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. In addition to Friedan’s papers, which include her research notes and handwritten drafts of The Feminine Mystique, the Schlesinger Library owns several editions of this groundbreaking title. Among the most interesting is a copy of the 1963 edition formerly owned by the women’s rights activist Alice Paul (1885–1977).

In Honor of Women's History Month: The Things We Carried

March 14, 2013

In the course of the past 150 years, women’s efforts in behalf of social justice (including suffrage, equal rights, fair labor laws, peace, and civil rights for African Americans and gays and lesbians) have been well documented in diaries, speeches, correspondence, and meeting minutes—some passionate and intimate, others written for a public audience. But what happens to those ephemeral pieces left behind in dresser drawers or rolled up at the back of a closet, forgotten once the march was over or the election won? 

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