A woman repairing an automobileand showing us the tops of her stockings! This is not a “True Woman,” domestic, docile, dependent on a man. No, she is the “New Woman,” freed from whalebone corsets and stays, spirited, athletic, demanding a right to self-determination.
“The New Woman: Images from the Sally Fox Collection,” at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Yard, through March 30, is a small but choice selection from a collection of thousands of posters, magazine covers, song sheets, postcards, stamps, advertisements, trade cards, cigar-box covers, and other ephemera documenting the aspirations and experiences of women. Picture researcher Fox (1929-2006) amassed the collection during the course of 50 years of work; the library acquired it in 2005. The images on display provide delightful evidence of women challenging traditional notions of what proper girls ought to do.
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