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Harvard University Library Notes / November 2005 / No. 1328
Schlesinger Exhibit Examines Women's Responses to War
The wars of the last two centuries have provided American women the chance to help change the course of history—and, in the process, change the image of themselves and their role in society. Drawing on the documents, objects, and books from the collections of the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library, a new exhibit, "A Call to American Women: Responses to War," explores how women have heard the "call" to resist or to participate in war.
Featuring letters, diaries, posters, photographs, and artifacts from the Civil War through the Gulf War, the exhibit shows the varied experiences of women, both at home and abroad. The exhibit's title originates from a pamphlet issued in 1968 by Jeannette Rankin, who, at age 87, remaining true to her principles as a lifelong pacifist, organized a march of 5,000 women demanding withdrawal from the war in Vietnam.
"A Call to American Women: Responses to War" is on display at the Schlesinger through Friday, March 31.
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