The Manuscript Division recently processed the papers of journalist, author, environmentalist, and animal rights advocate Ann Cottrell Free, who early in her career covered World War II-era Washington and post-war China.
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial exemplifies one representational, and controversial, addition to the larger Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and is part of a broader debate over who and what becomes part of the nation’s public memory.
The Manuscript Division welcomes our first National Woman’s Party Research fellow this fall and announces the opening of the application period for the second year of the National Woman’s Party fellowship.
The last Sunday in September is designated as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, a time to reflect upon, honor, and preserve the histories not only of those who have died in military service, but also the parents, spouses, and family members who continue on in the midst of sorrow.
Forty years ago, Patricia Roberts Harris went down in defeat to Marion Barry in the 1982 mayoral election in the District of Columbia, yet, her campaign correspondence with legal scholar, feminist, civil rights activist, and unofficial political advisor Pauli Murray reveals the impact of gender on the outcome, the role of intersectionality in the lives of Black women, and the way defeats can lead to future victories.
August 26 commemorations began after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and evolved over the course of the twentieth century into calls for action on equal rights. The day offers a chance to consider women's past achievements and to advocate for a better future.