In 1963, journalist Betty Friedan described in The Feminine Mystique a malaise among American housewives who felt trapped by the expectation that they be fulfilled by the role of wife and mother.
This exhibit features material from collections in the Schlesinger Library of four Boston-area organizations founded to support immigrant groups, showcasing the diversity of the immigrant experience in the city and the changing socio-political context in which the groups operated.
Flo Kennedy, Maud Wood Park, Florence Luscomb, and Jeannette Rankin—four women who spent their lives working for democratic change and expanding the rights and freedoms of women and African Americans—are featured in the current exhibit on display until September 2012. From traditional methods of lobbying legislators and holding elected office to grassroots public demonstrations and teach-ins, these women exemplified American civic responsibility.
The exhibit opens on Monday, March 8, 2010, and runs through Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and will be on view in the Schlesinger Library’s first floor exhibit area during regular library hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What is gendered space? Can we make connections between the ways gender plays out in society and the spaces we occupy? Inside/Out: The Geography of Gendered Space illuminates these questions by exhibiting items from the collection of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.
The exhibit opens on Friday, October 2, 2009, and runs through Friday, February 26, 2010, and will be on view in the Schlesinger Library’s first floor exhibit area during regular library hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I still have managed to know the whole world as few people of any kind have had the chance to know it. . . . No magic formula has made this possible—simply the idea that we have just one chance at it and that chance must be taken while the taking is there.”