Until Safety Is Guaranteed: Women and the Fight against Violence

Until Safety Is Guaranteed
April 6, 2015 to August 14, 2015

This exhibition provides historical evidence on the topic of gender violence and documents the experiences of women who have survived domestic abuse and sexual violence.

What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War

What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War exhibition
October 15, 2014 to March 20, 2015

This exhibition features diaries, letters, and firsthand accounts from four years of Civil War that offer intimate glimpses into the lives of men and women affected by the strife. The words were written in parlors, hospitals, and schoolrooms; around campfires and on tossing ships; to and from mothers, brothers, and sweethearts, teachers, soldiers, and sailors.

Judy Chicago: Through the Archives

February 26, 2014 to September 25, 2014

Artist Judy Chicago's teaching and use of women’s history and “women's crafts” revolve around her belief that “female experience could be construed to be every bit as central to the larger human condition as is the male.”

It Changed My Life: The Feminine Mystique at 50

It Changed My Life: the Feminine Mystique at 50
October 1, 2013 to February 6, 2014

In 1963, journalist Betty Friedan described in The Feminine Mystique a malaise among American housewives who felt trapped by the expectation that they be fulfilled by the role of wife and mother.

Stepping Stones for New Americans

Stepping Stones for New Americans
April 15, 2013 to September 18, 2013

This exhibition features material from collections in the Schlesinger Library of four Boston-area organizations founded to support immigrant groups, showcasing the diversity of the immigrant experience in the city and the changing socio-political context in which the groups operated.

Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition

Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition
September 21, 2012 to March 22, 2013

The Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition from the Schlesinger Library’s Julia Child Papers traces her path through various sites: post–World War II Paris; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and national television.

Tenacious Women: Activists in a Democratic Society

Jessica TannyJessica Tanny
March 26, 2012 to September 7, 2012

Flo Kennedy, Maud Wood Park, Florence Luscomb, and Jeannette Rankin—four women who spent their lives working for democratic change and expanding the rights and freedoms of women and African Americans—are featured in the current exhibition on display until September 2012. From traditional methods of lobbying legislators and holding elected office to grassroots public demonstrations and teach-ins, these women exemplified American civic responsibility.

Women on the Clock: Hard Work and Low Wages

Women on the Clock: Hard Work and Low Wages. Image by Jessica Tanny.
October 21, 2011 to March 12, 2012

Women on the Clock: Hard Work and Low Wages showcases the everyday experiences of women who work for an hourly wage.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: The Collective Goes Global

Our Bodies, Ourselves: The Collaborative Goes Global. Image by Jessica Tanny.
February 25, 2011 to October 12, 2011

The exhibition opens on Friday, February 25, 2011, and runs through Wednesday, October 12, 2011, and will be on view in the Schlesinger Library’s first floor exhibition area during regular library hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From Woman to Human: The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Portrait of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ca. 1909.  Photograph by Lena Connell. From the Charlotte Perkins Gilman papers.
October 14, 2010 to February 17, 2011

Though she wrote and lectured extensively on reforming marriage and the family, Charlotte Perkins Gilman rued the attention and notoriety that her own marriages and family life unavoidably attracted. She made headlines not only with her ideas, but with her life.