The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute's commitment to women, gender, and society.
From Our Collections
"Hear Black Women’s Voices" presents curated content from the Schlesinger Library to provide a toolkit for students, researchers, and activists seeking to study and learn from African American women leaders.
Coronavirus and Schlesinger Library Access:
The Schlesinger Library building is temporarily closed to the public.
While the Library is closed in response to the COVID-19 situation, check out our guide on remote research.
Virtual reference services are available via http://asklib.schlesinger.radcliffe.edu/.
The Long 19th Amendment Project is rethinking the way we write, teach, and talk about the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. This portal is a digital gateway to archival collections, data sets, teaching materials, and scholarship that help us tell a more complex and inclusive story about gender and voting rights in America.
The Schlesinger Library’s #metoo Digital Media Collection documents the digital footprint of the #metoo movement and the accompanying political, legal, and social battles in the United States.
The sessions of the conference represent the culmination of the Schlesinger Library’s Long 19th Amendment Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute, and Harvard University. The conference considers the long history of women’s activism for the franchise in the broader context of constituting and reconstructing the polity of the United States, from the mid-19th century to the present, in order to better fulfill the Constitution’s promise of a republic governed by We, the People.
August 26, 2020 to August 26, 2021
In response to decades of sexist pictures, suffragists constructed a visual vocabulary that challenged ideas of women’s place in society, expanded notions of citizenship, and laid the foundation for modern media politics. This exhibition presents the images that leading activists wanted the public to see—and some that they wanted to hide.
Archivists often remember the names and odd bits of information about people long dead.
Our collection of NOW local chapter newsletters provides rich documentation of local and regional issues as women worked together to achieve equality at home, at work, in churches, in the media, and in politics.