Judy Chicago: Through the Archives

February 26, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Artist Judy Chicago's teaching and use of women’s history and “women's crafts” revolve around her belief that “female experience could be construed to be every bit as central to the larger human condition as is the male.”

It Changed My Life: The Feminine Mystique at 50

It Changed My Life: the Feminine Mystique at 50
October 1, 2013 to February 6, 2014

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.

Stepping Stones for New Americans

Stepping Stones for New Americans
April 15, 2013 to September 18, 2013

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.

Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition

Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition
September 21, 2012 to March 22, 2013

The Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition from the Schlesinger Library’s Julia Child Papers traces her path through various sites: post–World War II Paris; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and national television.

Tenacious Women: Activists in a Democratic Society

Jessica TannyJessica Tanny
March 26, 2012 to September 7, 2012

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.

Women on the Clock: Hard Work and Low Wages

Women on the Clock: Hard Work and Low Wages. Image by Jessica Tanny.
October 21, 2011 to March 12, 2012

The exhibit opens on Friday, October 21, 2011, and runs through Monday, March 12, 2012, 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.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: The Collective Goes Global

Our Bodies, Ourselves: The Collaborative Goes Global. Image by Jessica Tanny.
February 25, 2011 to October 12, 2011

The exhibit opens on Friday, February 25, 2011, and runs through Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 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.

From Woman to Human: The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Portrait of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ca. 1909.  Photograph by Lena Connell. From the Charlotte Perkins Gilman papers.
October 14, 2010 to February 17, 2011

Though she wrote and lectured extensively on reforming marriage and the family, Charlotte Perkins Gilman rued the attention and notoriety that her own marriages and family life unavoidably attracted. She made headlines not only with her ideas, but with her life.

Inside/Out: The Geography of Gendered Space

"American Sketches: The Ladies' Window at the New York Post-Office." Illustrated London News, 1875, artist: Henry Linton. From the Clara Goldberg Schiffer Papers."American Sketches: The Ladies' Window at the New York Post-Office." Illustrated London News, 1875, artist: Henry Linton. From the Clara Goldberg Schiffer Papers.
March 8, 2010 to October 5, 2010

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.

"To Know the Whole World": Women’s Travel Writings from the Schlesinger Library, 1819–1972

Photograph of Lillian Schoedler, Angkor Wat, French Indochina (Cambodia), early 1929. From the Lillian Schoedler Papers.
October 2, 2009 to February 26, 2010

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.”

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