Staging Women's History

A womens' march

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Join three curators for the story behind major exhibitions exploring women’s history in the US and UK.

How do you distil the history of women’s activism into one exhibition? How do you capture the range of women’s experiences? How do you connect history to contemporary activism?  In this online panel conversation, three curators based in libraries with major women’s history collections, Rachel Guberman (Schlesinger Library, Harvard), Elizabeth Novara (Library of Congress) and Polly Russell (British Library) discuss mounting major exhibitions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will explore the curatorial process and the questions they wanted their audiences to ask, as well as the ways in which these exhibitions and related activities were affected by the pandemic.

Rachel Guberman is a Digital Humanist working on the Mellon-funded ‘The Long 19th Amendment Project’ exploring US women’s involvement with the vote, at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, University of Harvard.

Elizabeth A. Novara is a Manuscript Historian and American Women’s History Specialist for the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. She co-curated the Library’s Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote exhibition, during the 2020 centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Polly Russell is Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. She researches women’s history and food studies. In 2020 she was the lead curator for the Library’s Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights exhibition.

This event is organised by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

Image credits: Left: ‘The Awakening’ by Henry Mayer, Puck Magazine, February 20, 1915, pp. 14-15, Cornell University, The PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography; Right: 2018 Women's March in New York City, by Rhododendrites via Wikimedia Commons


Name: Staging Women's History
Where: British Library St Pancras
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