Drawing by Betsy Warrior. Betsy Warrior Papers, MC 843. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryDrawing by Betsy Warrior. Betsy Warrior Papers, MC 843. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Women’s Movements against Gender-Based Violence

January 18, 2018

Ending violence against women was one of the goals of the post-1960s US feminist movements. One important theme that emerges from Schlesinger collections is the class dimension in the formation of movements against gender-based violence.

American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977, by Shelah Gilbert Leader and Patricia Rusch Hyatt.  Lexington Books, Rowan & Littlefield, 2016. Paperback release, Autumn 2017.American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women's Conference, 1977, by Shelah Gilbert Leader and Patricia Rusch Hyatt. Lexington Books, Rowan & Littlefield, 2016. Paperback release, Autumn 2017.

American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women’s Conference, 1977

November 20, 2017

November 18–21, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the unprecedented, historic, Congressionally mandated National Women’s Conference.

From the Papers of Donna Finn. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFrom the Papers of Donna Finn. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

"Who Is That Loud-Mouthed Woman from Dorchester?”

March 10, 2017

On March 11, 1978, the first Dorchester International Women's Day was celebrated by approximately 300 women at the Grover Cleveland School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Phyllis Schlafly at press conference at International Women's Year, Houston, Texas, November 1977. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPhyllis Schlafly at press conference at International Women's Year, Houston, Texas, November 1977. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Phyllis Schlafly: A Conservative Voice at the Schlesinger Library

January 4, 2017

Phyllis Schlafly, who died last September at age 92, had a long career as a leader of the cultural right. She was the founder of the conservative advocacy organization Eagle Forum and the public persona of the pro-family movement from 1972 until her death.

First Women's March down Fifth Avenue, August 26, 1970. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFirst Women's March down Fifth Avenue, August 26, 1970. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Hidden Collections: Photographs of the Women’s Movement

November 17, 2016

The Schlesinger Library recently received two years of Hidden Collections grants from the Harvard Library, which allowed us to select, catalog, and digitize a large portion of photographs that document the women’s liberation movement between the late 1960s and 1980s.

Illustration for the article "Bisexuality" which appeared in the inaugural issue of Bi Women, 1983. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryIllustration for the article "Bisexuality" which appeared in the inaugural issue of Bi Women, 1983. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Celebrate Bisexuality

October 24, 2016

Boston is home to the longest-lived bisexual women’s periodical in the world. Bi Women Quarterly, a grassroots publication, began in September 1983 as a project of the newly-formed Boston Bisexual Women’s Network. 

Portrait of Pauli Murray, 1946. Hodson's Photos, photographer. Courtesy of the Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Pauli Murray, 1946. Hodson's Photos, photographer. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library

A Heroine in Everyday Life: Pauli Murray's Legal Education

August 3, 2016

In a career that spanned most of the 20th century, Pauli Murray lent her voice to a wide array of causes and organizations as she tackled the overlapping inequities of race, gender, and class in American life. Perhaps more than any individual before her, Murray helped generations of activists to theorize and understand the intersections between these different dimensions of identity.

Political caricature by Anita Parkhurst Willcox, 1936. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPolitical caricature by Anita Parkhurst Willcox, 1936. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Anita Parkhurst Willcox: The New American Woman and the Red Scare

June 23, 2016

During the 1910s and 1920s, Anita Parkhurst Willcox (1892–1984) created numerous images of the “New American Woman”—idealized images of young, fashionable, beautiful women. Her artwork appeared in the Saturday Evening PostCollier’s, and other magazines.

Transgender button, 2014. Memorabilia collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryTransgender button, 2014. Memorabilia collection. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

What's Your Pronoun?

May 26, 2016

Transgender people and activists, as well as those who feel they don't fit neatly into a gender binary, have questioned the use of gendered pronouns in the English language and shifted public awareness and conversation on the topic.

Program for the 1988 Women in Theatre Festival. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryProgram for the 1988 Women in Theatre Festival. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Theatrical Women in Boston and Beyond: The Women in Theatre Festival

July 23, 2015

In 1983 Sophie Parker and Tita Wernimont cofounded Watermelon Studio, Inc. (later Next Stage Theatre), a theatrical company in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, creating a venue in which local women theater professionals could present original work. It featured a women’s theatre festival, offering performances from a broad range of cultures and viewpoints.

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