“You Can’t Be What You Can’t See”: Miss Representation & Obama at Barnard

Last night I had the serendipitous occasion to see TWO inspiring women-centered videos–one after the other–that both articulate the need for more positive portrayals of women in the media. Miss Representation is a documentary written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who was inspired to put together this story when she found out she was going to have a daughter and wondered if her … Continue reading “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See”: Miss Representation & Obama at Barnard

May 2012: Welcome to the WOMEN’S HISTORY Issue!

Welcome to the Women’s History Issue of Re/visionist! Our school year is winding down, so we’ve decided to showcase some of the brilliant work done by our Women’s History grad students. As our program’s founder, historian Gerda Lerner, wrote in her seminal essay, “Placing Women in History,” “The true history of women is the history of their ongoing functioning in the male-defined world, on their own … Continue reading May 2012: Welcome to the WOMEN’S HISTORY Issue!

“In Her Own Right”: Martha Jefferson Randolph

Katy Gehred is completing her first year as a MA candidate in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence. She is originally from Beavercreek, Ohio, and she graduated from Bowling Green State University. The following is a preview of Katy’s prospective MA thesis. After working as a tour guide at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for a year, I found myself more fascinated with the women in Jefferson’s life … Continue reading “In Her Own Right”: Martha Jefferson Randolph

Discovering Dora: Immigrant Midwives in the Lower East Side, 1880-1920

Jennifer Garvey is completing her first year as an MA candidate in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence. Originally from Farmington, Conn., Jenn graduated from Pace University with a degree in Sociology, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies. The following is an introduction to her prospective thesis work on immigrant midwives in Manhattan at the turn of the century. Arriving at the Municipal Archives on Chambers Street in … Continue reading Discovering Dora: Immigrant Midwives in the Lower East Side, 1880-1920

No Women in Hasidism?: An Exploration of Missing Voices

Frieda Vizel is completing her first year in the Women’s History graduate program at Sarah Lawrence. Her personal experience with Hasidic Judaism has driven her interest in and historical inquiry of the subject. This is an excerpt from her historiographical essay on women in Hasidism. “There are no women Hasidim […] There are only daughters of Hasidim and wives of Hasidim,” wrote sociologist Tamar El-Or … Continue reading No Women in Hasidism?: An Exploration of Missing Voices

The Hidden Gender of Lobotomy: Women & Mental Illness in Mid-20th Century United States

Kristy Staniszewski is completing her first year in the Women’s History graduate program at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also an employee of the college. This is an excerpt from her prospective thesis work on women and mental illness. Beginning in the 1930’s, lobotomies were considered a new and viable treatment for individuals suffering from mental illness. A lobotomy is a psychosurgical procedure where nerve … Continue reading The Hidden Gender of Lobotomy: Women & Mental Illness in Mid-20th Century United States

A “Purveyor of Fantasy” in Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry

Brittany Chevalier is completing her first year as a MA candidate in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence. She graduated from Wellesley College and has a special interest in the history of New York City. The following is excerpted from her review of the film, “Boys Don’t Cry,” directed by Kimberly Pierce. Boys Don’t Cry is Kimberly Pierce’s 1999 film based on a true story about … Continue reading A “Purveyor of Fantasy” in Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry

Are You Ready for This? : One Experience with Women’s Healthcare

Sian Leach is completing her first year in Sarah Lawrence’s Women’s History MA program. She hails from Texas and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2011. The following is a testimonial of her personal experience with contemporary women’s health care. All of the recent restrictive legislation on reproductive rights has really pissed me off.  As a self-identified feminist, I believe that women have the right to … Continue reading Are You Ready for This? : One Experience with Women’s Healthcare