[Her]story: Women’s Roles Through History

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Dating from the 1700s forward, holdings from Pequot’s Special Collections reveal the evolution of roles women have held and hold. The selected items will uncover the impressive accomplishments made by women and show connections to Pequot Library over time, featuring local and national figures such as Mary Hull Wakeman, Mabel Osgood Wright, and Amelia Earhart. Join Pequot Library for a walk through [her]story from Colonial America, the Gilded Age, Women’s Suffrage, World War employment, and to modern professional life. Looking at a girl’s life then and now will tell a story of fluid educational and social norms. Follow visionary women through text and visual representations to witness their strength and resilience, as they move from atop a pedestal to protest, lead, and love.

Related Events & Programs

Thursday, February 17 – Opening Reception with Dr. Kelly Marino
Wednesday, February 23 – Book Group: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wednesday, March 2 – The Dress Reform Movement: Who, What, When & Why
Wednesday, March 23 –  Book Group: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Thursday, March 24 – Meet the Author: Susan Ware

Wednesday, April 20 – Book Group: Norah Webster by Colm Tóibín

“Dear Me” Writing Contest: Submissions due Friday, April 15 For ages 7+ online registration required After being inspired by the remarkable women in our [Her]story exhibition, children ages 7+ have an opportunity to motivate their future selves by writing a “Dear Me” letter and entering that letter into our Dear Me Writing Contest. Is there anything important you need to tell your future self? Dig deep and write it all down. Participants register in three age categories: 7-9, 10-12, and 13+. Each age group will receive a list of prompts to help form their submission. Your entry should be no more than 1,000 words and must be submitted to childrens@pequotlibrary.org by April 15. Winners announced on April 30.

The [Her]story Tour: Take a self-guided historical tour! Follow a [Her]story roadmap in the first-floor stacks highlighting, among others, women in business, music, and television, as well as African American suffragists. This is an ongoing activity during the [Her]story exhibition.

Click here for a list of recommended reading.


This exhibition was made possible in part through the Constance C. Baker Rare Book Fund and additional support from the Jennifer Crosby Cargill Art Fund.


February 17
May 9
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