Young boy at a non-traditional child care center reading William's Doll  by Charlotte Zolotow (1972). Photo by Bettye Lane, February 6, 1974. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryYoung boy at a non-traditional child care center reading William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow (1972). Photo by Bettye Lane, February 6, 1974. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Community Controlled Childcare in New York City

December 13, 2018

The papers of Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall highlight her role as a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement, an educator, and feminist scholar, as well as her involvement in New York City's community controlled childcare movement.

Portrait of Jane Norman Smith. Jane Norman Smith Papers, Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Jane Norman Smith. Jane Norman Smith Papers, Schlesinger Library

Jane Norman Smith and the National Woman’s Party

October 18, 2018

Jane Norman Smith was the chairwoman of the National Woman’s Party from 1927 to 1929. By delving into her papers, one gets a ring-side seat to American women’s battles for suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Courtesy of Ayoola WhiteCourtesy of Ayoola White

Spaces

June 21, 2018

When I began working at the Schlesinger Library in 2017, my first major project involved processing the papers of Judy Chicago. Prior to working on this project, I had never heard of her. As I quickly learned, the centerpiece of that legacy is a work known as The Dinner Party.

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.

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.

Pat Parker and Audre Lorde. Photo by Susan D. Fleischamnn, 1981. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPat Parker and Audre Lorde. Photo by Susan D. Fleischamnn, 1981. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Pat Parker and Audre Lorde Letters

August 25, 2016

The Pat Parker papers arrived at the Schlesinger Library in January 2016 and are in the final stages of processing. The collection includes letters between the poet and her friends (mostly other poets and writers), including Audre Lorde, with whom she discussed their literary work, personal lives, and experiences with cancer.

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.

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.

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