The rededication of the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center & Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and the Law will kick-off a slate of activities at the University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library to commemorate Women’s History Month, including a film series co-sponsored with the Institute for Women’s Studies.
Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost, and Lucy Hargrett Draper will make remarks at the March 5 ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Hallway of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
“On the 20th anniversary of the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center & Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and the Law, it is fitting that we gather to rededicate ourselves to document and share the incredible lengths early women’s rights activists went in their fight for equal rights,” Graham said. “It is also fitting that we honor Lucy Hargrett Draper, not only for her personal commitment to the cause of women’s rights, but her commitment to the University of Georgia Libraries and our mission.”
A reception will follow, as will tours of the annual exhibit of materials from the collection. The exhibit uses rare books and archival materials, photographs and propaganda to examine the changing world of women from 1632 when the first treatise on women’s legal status and rights was published, to the 19th and early 20th centuries in the U.S. and Great Britain, a period of major social transformation.
The transformation can be illustrated by a rare book from the collection, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, written in 1792 by Mary Wollstonecraft, in which she argued, to considerable controversy, that the educational system of the time deliberately trained women to be frivolous and incapable. Wollstonecraft herself was vindicated when, by the 19th century, the American and British women’s movements resurrected principles outlined in the work. Also included are always-popular postcards of the era which make their points with comedic, stereotype images advocating for or against women’s rights.
The Women’s History Month observance will continue with a film series and lecture co-sponsored with the Institute for Women’s Studies throughout March, Women’s History Month. These events will all be held in the Russell Special Collections Libraries Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.:
- March 14: “Chisholm ’72” In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she became the first black woman to run for president. Shunned by the political establishment, she was supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters. Their campaign-trail adventures were frenzied, fierce and fundamentally right on! For more info on this film: http://www.pbs.org/pov/chisholm/
- March 21: “Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority” In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the U.S. presidency and was the driving force behind Title IX, the landmark legislation that transformed women’s opportunities in higher education and athletics. (via WMM.com)
- March 28: “Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation” Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars-one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama have spent over a decade conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences. “Mountains That Take Wing” offers the gift of these two remarkable women’s lives, sharing the pair’s recorded exchanges in 1996 and 2008.
- March 31: Women’s History Month Keynote Address, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia Leah Ward Sears. Sears became the first African-American chief justice in the nation when she was appointed Georgia Supreme Court chief justice in 2005. She was the first woman and the youngest person to sit on the bench when she was appointed justice in 1992.