Historical Context

Sufferage image

Although sexism has a long history that dates back to the Neolithic Revolution over 10,000 years ago, most of the objects in the Museum date from the 20th and 21st centuries.  A surprising number of objects have been purchased in the past several years.

Museum Collection

At the present time, the Museum collection is focused on materials from the United States, and the framework is generally based on a broad and inclusive version of western feminism.

 Beauty ideals

Despite significant progress that has been made in the United States since Title IX became law in 1972, women and girls still face unrelenting social pressure to uphold beauty ideals and to underplay their ambitions and achievements.

 Bessie Coleman Doll

Throughout history, women have stood up for themselves, fought against discrimination, and advocated for equal rights. The Museum gives us a space to discuss the “first wave” of western feminism (Olympe de Gouges, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Emmeline Pankhurst), as well as the later waves of the 1960s and 1970s, and the more inclusive 1990s and early 2000s.