Audre Lorde Reads "Afterimages"

"Hear Black Women’s Voices" presents curated audio and video clips from the Schlesinger Library to provide a toolkit for students, researchers, and activists seeking to study and learn from African American women leaders. 

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Suffrage School

We invite learners of all ages to explore the long, complex, and ongoing efforts to ensure full citizenship for women in the United States.

Current Exhibition

Seeing Citizens

POSTPONED: Seeing Citizens: Picturing American Women’s Fight for the Vote

March 23, 2020 to October 3, 2020

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.

Picks & Finds

[Excerpt from Juneau News (Juneau, Alaska, NOW newsletter). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Local NOW Newsletters Digitized

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.

[Henrietta "Lilla" Kenney handpainting photographs. Izetta Jewel Papers. Image ID W546029_1. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

The Gender of Coloring

In the early days of photography, images were described as spoiled, tainted, or ruined when touched by the wrong hands—in language that mimicked what was used for young ladies’ reputations.