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Elect/Ability: Pride, Prejudice, and the Female Candidate (Exhibition Opening)

How High Will She Go Chicago History Museum
Title: How High Will She Go? Author: John T. McCutcheon (American, 1870-1949) Date: July 25, 1937 Source: Chicago Daily Tribune (vol. XCVI no. 30, page 1) Repository: Chicago History Museum

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s exhibition, Elect/Ability: Pride, Prejudice, and the Female Candidate, will open with an online conversation between historian Susan Ware, curator of the exhibition, and Sumbul Siddiqui, mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts. They will discuss the hurdles facing women candidates in politics and public life, beginning before the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution through the present day. Although there is no typical female candidate, all share one thing in common: they continue to face prejudice and sexism in the press, on the campaign trail, and once in office.

The exhibition is on view in the Lia and William Poorvu Gallery in Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, October 18, 2021–February 27, 2022, Monday–Friday, noon–5 PM.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study gratefully acknowledges the Helen Blumen and Jan Acton Fund for Schlesinger Library Exhibitions, which is supporting this exhibition.

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How High Will She Go Chicago History Museum


Sumbul Siddiqui
, mayor, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Susan Ware, historian and biographer; author of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019)

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