Student activists are a vital part of our nation's history. Often underestimated or underappreciated, students have provided the energy and drive that have sparked movements throughout history. With students leading marches across the country today, and @TeenVogue's @TheSamhita speaking about a new generation of activists at #ACityMadebyWomen symposium tomorrow (3/25), we remember the power of the voices of the next generation.
Pictured here is a march led by a chapter of the American Student Union from Thomas Jefferson High School in #EastNewYork, Brooklyn ca. 1940. They appear to be protesting the worldwide rise of fascism at that time.
: Alexander Alland. MCNY, 94.104.821. #nychistory#nyhistory#oldnewyork#activism#studentactivists#protest
Getting dressed in the 1880s if you were a wealthy woman in NYC was no simple task. So many layers and buttons!
This fantastic winter outfit from our collection was recently reviewed to make sure that it should remain in our collection. A warm winter dress, it was made in Paris and imported to New York, which was a sign of wealth and position in society at the time. It is beautifully handmade in colors that would have flattered its owner, and it was last exhibited at the Museum for a 1967-1967 Christmas holiday display.
MCNY, 30.155.3A. #fashionfriday#vintagefashion#oldnewyork#maisonworth#frenchcouture
Worn on May 1, 1970, this t-shirt made history. Betty Friedan, the president of the National Organization of Women, described lesbianism as a threat to the women’s movement (a “lavender menace”) and distanced the organization from lesbian causes. In protest, a group of lesbian radical feminists reclaimed the phrase as their own, printed it on t-shirts, and interrupted the May 1st Congress to Unite Women in NYC. They took to the stage to talk about how angry they were at being excluded, and they were greeted with cheers from the audience. This action is seen as a major turning point in the women’s movement, leading NOW to recognize lesbianism and lesbian rights as central to feminism.
See the shirt and more feminist history in #BeyondSuffrage!
Lent by Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Miscellaneous Memorabilia Collection. #nychistory#newyorkhistory#womenshistoryisamericanhistory#womenshistorymonth#womenshistory#lesbianactivism#lavendermenace@smithcollege@smithlibraries
Sorry, winter. We can't take it anymore. Wasn't yesterday the first day of spring? We just want to look at daffodils.
Botanical Gardens, the Bronx. United States Office of War Information, 1944. MCNY, 90.28.90. @nybg#springflowers#firstdayofspring#bronx#daffodils
There are only 2 weeks left to visit Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip! Rediscover the arc of the fashion of the ‘60s as it transformed from “First Lady Fashion” inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy “Youthquake” energy and short skirts largely borrowed from the Brits “The New Bohemia” of explosive pattern and color “The New Nonchalance” featuring muted colors and designs with more freedom of movement.
. #ModNY closes April 1st.
1. Sarmi, evening dress of silk embroidered with beads and satin, 1961. MCNY, gift of Mrs. William Cahan, 72.141.1.
2. Joan “Tiger” Morse, dress of machine-stitched vinyl, c. 1975. MCNY, gift of Mrs. Peter Baumberger, X2015.180.1.
3. Leo Narducci, retailed by Henri Bendel. Evening culottes of printed chiffon with ostrich feather collar, 1967. MCNY, gift of Me. Leo Narducci, 67.133.
4. Yves Saint-Laurent, “Le Smoking evenings ensemble, Fall/Winter 1971. MCNY, gift of Ms. Lauren Bacall, 86.154.3AB. #nychistory#fashionhistory#vintagefashion#60sfashion#modfashion
"Ladies and gentlemen... this is Fighting Shirley Chisholm."
Brooklyn-born Shirley Chisholm proclaimed that tagline over loudspeakers as she campaigned in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for a seat in the U.S. Congress in 1968. She won, making her the first African American woman elected to U.S. Congress, and she went on to run for the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President in 1972.
On Sunday, March 25th, we talk about the many (often overlooked) women who have shaped NYC with a keynote from @TeenVogue's Executive Editor @thesamhita, a panel led by @juliescelfo, and a Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Join us starting at 1pm!
by @hehyea from "The Women Who Made New York" by Julie Scelfo. #womenshistorymonth#womenshistory#newyorkhistory#nychistory#shirleychisholm#bedfordstuyvesant#bedstuy
McSorley's Old Ale House is a celebrated Irish pub in NYC, one of the oldest bars in the city. However, it wasn't until the bar lost a lawsuit to Faith Sidenberg and Karen DeCrow that McSorley's served its beer, cheese, and raw onions to women. On August 11, 1970, the bar opened its doors to women, and the vice president of the National Organization for Women, Lucy Komisar, took a seat at the bar in a purple jumpsuit and sandals. Tensions were running high at McSorley's that afternoon, and Komisar was eventually in an argument that ended when her adversary dumped his beer over her head (he was promptly escorted out).
When asked if she enjoyed her visit to McSorley's, Komisar replied: “Not particularly. But politics is not always enjoyable.”
Today, McSorley's remains a packed bar with a mixed crowd enjoying its sawdust floors, simple menu, and memorabilia-laden walls and ceilings.
Edmund Vincent Gillon. [Men leaving McSorley's Old Ale House, 15 East 7th Street.], ca. 1978. MCNY, 2013.3.1.438. #stpatricksday#nychistory#vintagebar#mcsorleys#womenshistory#womenshistorymonth#irishhistory
Pauli Murray pioneered discussions around the intersections of race, gender, and class in her work as an activist, civil rights lawyer, and priest. As one of the few African American women lawyers in the city in 1949, she ran for New York City Council on the Liberal Party ticket. She lost and never ran for political office again, but she built an incredible career around fighting for civil rights and gender equality.
Paired with her quote is a banner from 1936-1939 by the Rebel Arts Group, an NY-based org affiliated with the Socialist Party, which reflects how women’s rights were part of the agenda of the political left at the time.
See both in #BeyondSuffrage, now on view. #womenshistory#womenshistorymonth#womenshistoryisamericanhistory#newyorkhistory#nychistory