Current Installation

“Our Bodies Our Power”: Women at the Forefront of the Equal Rights Amendment

April 22, 2022 - April 30, 2023

Explore the turbulent history of the Equal Rights Amendment, which has long inspired women's activists to place their bodies on the line in the fight for—or against—gender equity.

Location

4th floor corridor

Explore the turbulent history of the Equal Rights Amendment, which has long inspired women's activists to place their bodies on the line in the fight for—or against—gender equity. 

First put forth before Congress in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment would guarantee equality before the law regardless of sex. While the ERA has been reintroduced in almost every congressional session since, the amendment has yet to be ratified. “Our Bodies Our Power:” Women at the Forefront of the Equal Rights Amendment returns to this tumultuous history, exploring how the ERA has inspired women's activists to continually place their bodies on the line in order to fight for—or against—enshrining gender equity in law. Featuring ephemera, clothing, and photography from these protests, the installation reveals how activists have applied lessons from the civil rights movement, antiwar protests, and labor struggles to bring public attention to their cause.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media