It is only 100 years ago that women in America were granted the right to vote. In honor of Women’s Equality Day, which was on August 26th, I wanted to highlight some events coming up in New Hampshire that focus on creative women, the evolution of how women are depicted in art, and how that art impacts the world through social change.
Fierce Females: Women in Art | Hosted by New Hampshire Humanities
When: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: Online, RSVP here
About: Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, and Frida Kahlo are some of the artists discussed in this program.” Learn More here.
Strong Women: Ona Judge, Never Caught: Lecture and book discuss | Hosted by WMCC Fortier Library, New Hampshire Humanities, and Gorham Public Library
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 5:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Where: Online, Register here.
About: This event is a lecture and book discussion, with presenter Carolyn Hutton. Never Caught, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, tells the story of Ona “Oney” Judge Staines, an African American woman enslaved to the Washington family, who fled captivity, becoming a fugitive slave, and settled in New Hampshire. Learn More here.
BLACK WOMEN ROCK: Leading the Charge for Social & Political Change | Hosted by Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
When: Friday, September 25 at 9 AM – Saturday, September 26 at 5 PM
Where: Online, Register here.
About: BLACK WOMEN ROCK: Leading the Charge for Social and Political Change – 14 Annual Black New England Conference is a Virtual Online Conference in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.
As artists and activists, politicians and pundits, Black women continue to stand on the front line and lead the charge for social and political change. From Sojourner Truth calling for the abolition of slavery and for women’s rights, to Tarana Burke coining “Me Too” in 2006, Black women have played a vital role in the political and social (re)formation of the United States, even as their leadership and activism has often been eclipsed and erased.
The 2020 Black New England Conference will celebrate, examine, and make visible Black women’s leadership and activism in fights for political and social change. We will consider Black women’s leadership and activism in a variety of social and political arenas—the classroom, the courtroom, business and economics, technology, the environment, the arts, religion, government, and others. Learn More here. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please note: This next event is happening far more into the future, but it sounds so darn interesting that I had to include it!)
The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife | Hosted by the Historical Society of Cheshire County
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7 pm
Where: Wyman Tavern Museum, 349 Main Street, Keene, NH
About: Binge-watch Vikings, Game of Thrones, or Outlander, and you’ll see people being disemboweled, tortured, and decapitated – but you won’t see anything about menstruation, chamber pots, birth control, breastfeeding, or poopy babies. Even though Google cars have been invented and women won the vote almost 100 years ago, these “unsanitary” subjects still make people uncomfortable.
This presentation isn’t about spinning wheels or quilting bees – it explores the engrossing “taboo” subjects omitted from history. Ehris Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban’s enthusiastic delivery is funny and frank. Laugh, grimace, and honor our foremother’s journeys while learning about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women. Learn More here.
This program is offered free to the public thanks in part to the Putnam Foundation and New Hampshire Humanities.
Reflecting and Evolving
As a creative millennial woman, I do unwittingly take for granted the artistic freedoms I have. I can create my work without fear of backlash or judgment because a woman made it. I can speak my mind through my work and say whatever the hell I want. This list above includes a lot of resources that focus on our history and the evolution of women in art and as artists, which I think is important to reflect on. Not only to appreciate more of what some of us have, but also to work on how we can move forward to help others who are still fighting for equality in social, economic, and creative ways.