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.

Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

February 16, 2017

The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference, sponsored in part by the Schlesinger Library, will gather an interdisciplinary network of scholars to frame the emerging field of black girl history at the University of Virginia, March 1718, 2017

Coretta Scott King 1977. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCoretta Scott King 1977. Photo by Bettye Lane, courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Coretta Scott King’s Letter to Senator Strom Thurmond (1986) Concerning Jefferson Sessions

February 8, 2017

On February 7, 2017, on the floor of the US Senate, Elizabeth Warren RI '02 started to read a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King to Strom Thurmond about Jefferson Sessions’s record on civil rights. There is another letter that King wrote, and the Schlesinger Library has a copy.

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. 

Matina Horner, 1972. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMatina Horner, 1972. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Radcliffe College Archives Film Collection

September 22, 2016

The Radcliffe College Archive Motion Picture Collection consists of a wide range of films, including recruitment and fundraising films, student film projects, and film documents of class reunions and commencement ceremonies.

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.

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.

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