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 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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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.
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.
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.