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Feminist Archive Exhibits

Feminist Archive Exhibits highlights the artifacts in often-hidden feminist archives through a University of Washington Bothell project of student-curated exhibits. Feminist archives hold the history and knowledge of women and LGBTQ+ people. The artifacts in feminist archives need to be seen and shared, especially artifacts that speak to the histories of Black, Indiginous, and women of color, and marginalized women and LGBTQ+ people worldwide. 

This project was developed by Dr. Julie Shayne at the University of Washington Bothell, with librarians Denise Hattwig and Penelope Wood, undergraduate teaching assistant Jesse Blaire, undergraduate teaching assistant Tessa Denton, and student researchers. This project is open access and has relied on open digital archives to build on existing feminist knowledge to produce and share new feminist knowledge.

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The Power of Music and Art: Activism, Community, Influence, and Mutual Support

From photography and film to the hard-hitting notes of Hip-hop, the arts become the tools of the revolutionaries painting powerful messages into their works.  After all, “great protests are great art works,” according to artist Sarah Sze. These exhibits explore the safety of salsa dancing, paint the portrait and importance of poetry, and preserve the works of women artists like SHE by photographer Rania Matar and the films by the Reel Grrls.

Transgender Experiences: Dignity, Equality, and Joy

Unearthing the stories of resilience and of celebration is equally important to these student researchers and archivists. From promoting wearable activism to capturing the casual community potluck, these exhibits explore oral histories, independent publications like newsletters and zines, and cross continents, actively working against the erasure of trans lives and demanding dignity for all.

Feminism, Gender, and Revolution in the Global South

Global South communities and cultures have often been overlooked by history and those who write it. In these student-made exhibits, hear the stories stifled by history of feminist journalism, female generals and soldaderas (female soldiers), and the echoed cry of “socialism without sexism” from women of the global south, the queer Latinx community, and social economic revolutionaries.

Student and Labor Activism

Student-led and worker-led activism has long been a catalyst for social change as traditionally marginalized communities become educated about how the world formed around them. Using artifacts from all over the globe, explore how young women have inspired change from Seattle to France, Germany, and China with organizations like the Black Student Union, National Association for Women in Education, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network International, International Wages for Housework Campaign, the International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy, and many others.

Queer Aesthetic

The queer community has a long history of using artmaking to express and explore the unique experiences, perspectives, and resistances of the community. From paintings to leather jackets to the color purple to gay bars to the first rainbow flag, learn more in these exhibits about what informs the symbols, colors, and other aesthetics of the queer community and their underlying significance over the years.

Disability Rights

Disability justice and feminist activism have long intersected, with key activists and change-makers working across communities. Discover activists, advocates, and organizations that have made a difference in struggles for disability rights, equity, and inclusion.

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