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Activism - Exhibit

Although women have been subject to gendered expectations throughout recorded history, the modern era has seen multiple incidents of women and their male allies advocating for themselves and each other. The MoSO features a number of artifacts from second wave feminism. These objects advocate for women's competence in multiple spheres, including politics, athletics, science, education, and the arts.



In the context of this room, it is also important to consider objects that celebrate women's empowerment. The objects here show women as leaders and activists. Throughout history, women have been pioneers in a variety of fields, including the arts, the sciences, politics, and sports.

Outstanding Women of Ferris State University
~ Ferris State Video

Anti Feminism


While the buttons in this case celebrate the women's movement and feminism, other objects have been created to attack women who advocate for themselves.

Women in Leadership

Women in positions of power or fame are often perceived as a threat to established order. This case shows there is a long history of ground-breaking efforts by women and backlash against them. Women in politics are frequently stereotyped in order to make their power less threatening.

Election 2016: "What's Wrong with Hillary?
~ Tracy Nichols Busch