A Backstage History: Reflections on Stage Management and Gendered Labor

By Rachael Nuckles Before I devoted my life to full-time graduate school and academics, I was working hands-on in the world of technical theater as a stage manager and designer. It’s a world I hope to get back to after obtaining my degree, though maybe in a different capacity than before. Stage management often requires a considerable amount of emotional energy that isn’t always part … Continue reading A Backstage History: Reflections on Stage Management and Gendered Labor

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Iron-Jawed Angels: Circus Suffragists and the Fight for the Vote

By Rebecca Hopman On Sunday, March 31, 1912, a group of women gathered in the animal menagerie at Madison Square Garden to inaugurate a new group: Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Women’s Equal Rights Society. These circus suffragists – among them aerialists, equestriennes, strongwomen, and tightrope walkers – had joined the fight for the vote. At the meeting, well-known bareback rider Josephine DeMott Robinson reminded attendees, … Continue reading Iron-Jawed Angels: Circus Suffragists and the Fight for the Vote

“Articulating the Feeling is Hard”: Women and the Emo Revival

By Marian Phillips During the 1980s, the first wave of emo music was born. An offshoot from Washington, D.C. hardcore bands, the musical genre introduced the world to traditional punk stylistic elements mixed with emotional vulnerability and poetic lyrics. Most notably, emo’s roots can be traced to Rites of Spring, making them the fathers of emo. In the beginning of the 1990s, the Midwest became … Continue reading “Articulating the Feeling is Hard”: Women and the Emo Revival

How The Feminine Mystique Dismantled 1950s Domestic Life

By Rebecca Rranza The quote “no woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor” comes from Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963. The Feminine Mystique was a widely read and influential work for middle-class white women of this time and it helped contribute to the Second Wave Feminist movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. Second Wave Feminism drew attention … Continue reading How The Feminine Mystique Dismantled 1950s Domestic Life

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Lydia’s Diaries: Uncovering Women’s History in the Archives

By Rebecca Hopman “Topsy’s Journal. Strictly private!” So begins Lydia Olsson’s diary. Olsson was an early female student at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and the five diaries now held by Augustana Special Collections document her life on campus. I encountered Olsson’s diaries in the archives nearly a decade ago, and reading them changed my path in life. In the summer of 2010, I … Continue reading Lydia’s Diaries: Uncovering Women’s History in the Archives

Hispanic Heritage and Making America Great

By Madison Filzer Madison is a second year Master’s Candidate in the Women’s History program at Sarah Lawrence College. Her research interests include Civil Rights activism in Cleveland, Ohio and Black women’s activism in the United States. Let me take you back to 1942, only a few years after the Great Depression, in the midst of World War II. In many ways, the United States … Continue reading Hispanic Heritage and Making America Great

Liberation in Women’s Healthcare

By Alison Feese Alison is a student working to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. She is a birth doula and advocate for women’s health. She is from Columbia, Kentucky and provides services across Central Kentucky. Liberation is the act of setting something free from imprisonment or oppression. Whether it is our mind, body, or soul, we are often not aware of the imprisonment we are … Continue reading Liberation in Women’s Healthcare

Using Government Docs for Women’s History

Over the course of the last semester, I have spent my time researching the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Harmless, right? Well, a lot of people, particularly Phyllis Schlafly and STOP ERA, begged to differ. Even so, before the U.S. Senate deliberated … Continue reading Using Government Docs for Women’s History

Get Your Women’s History Podcasts…

By Amanda Kozar If you’re like me, you are still excited to learn about women’s history even when you’re not in school. If you are stuck on a long car ride or flight, it’s always helpful to have a few podcasts loaded onto your cell phone or tablet.* These podcasts don’t necessarily have a common theme other than “women’s history,” but I think that you … Continue reading Get Your Women’s History Podcasts…