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Diana Mara Henry

Diana Mara Henry (born 1948) is a photojournalist who specializes in interpreting social issues and cultural events.

Black and white photograph of a Black woman and her daughter, both smiling, sitting among a conference hall crowd of women.
Clara McLaughlin with her daughter at the First National Women's Conference, 1977. Photo by Diana Mara Henry

Diana Mara Henry (Radcliffe College Class of 1969) honed her skills at the Harvard Crimson and went on to photograph notable women in politics throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Henry documented Elizabeth Holtzman’s historic 1972 Congressional campaign and several of Bella Abzug’s campaigns. She photographed the First National Women’s Conference in Houston in 1977 and was chief photographer for the conference’s official reports. Political demonstrations she photographed include marches for the Equal Rights Amendment, Vietnam Veterans Against the War protests, and the 1980 Women’s Pentagon Action.

Henry’s photograph collection at the Schlesinger Library consists of nearly 500 black and white photographs of women in the United States. The collection highlights women in politics, women lawyers and journalists, women and girls in everyday settings, and feminist conferences and demonstrations.


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