“Second Wave” Feminism

“First Wave” Feminism of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was largely concerned with social issues and the struggle to gain voting rights for women.  It was also associated with reform movements of the time, such as abolition and prohibition.  The works in this exhibition, all drawn from the Museum’s collection, were created by women artists associated with the “Second Wave” of Feminism in the U.S.  

Radical Feminism of the 1960s and early 1970s promoted sisterhood and solidarity.   Combining personal and social struggles, it was linked with student and Anti-Vietnam protests and with the gay and civil rights movements. The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in 1966, and in the next decade the classic texts of Feminism were published.



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