We are happy to welcome a new member in IAWM: The initiative ‘Women for Kazachstan‘!
The non-governmental-organization will open the first Women’s Museum in Kazachstan. Even though they do not yet have a physical space, the initaitive is already very active: many exhibitions have been organized, the collection is growing, research is progress, and an online magazine on Facebook gives insight to the museums topics. We hope you can continue your good work and wish all the best!
Female friends in history and in contemporary art
In the 18th century, friendship cult developed and women played a significant part in this process. Friendship became a female stage, both in direct and indirect exchange through letters. Literary circles and drawing-rooms served the women as places for further education, motivated them for own writings and represented an accepted step into the semi-public.
The exchange with a confidante friend encouraged women in stepping over traditional roles.
Female friends were partners for single women who didn’t found a family of their own or who were widowed. When, during the 19th century, the first middle-class women entered a profession, they were more likely to realize their plans together with a like-minded friend.
Female friendships and networks became the basis in the 19th century to claim women’s rights. Female friends took up the fight together for overcoming of legal obstacles or the resistance of the family. Luise Otto-Peters and Auguste Schmidt were a friendship couple in the first German women’s movement. They, in 1865, founded the first German women’s association in Leipzig. Others followed them.
The International Association of Women’s Suffrage was organization of women who shared feminist political and private ideas. Without that friend’s network it would not have been possible to realize the International Women’s Peace Congress in Den Haag in 1915 with participants of both sides of the war.
During the exhibition many events take place: Download the full programme here
Frauenmuseum Bonn, Germany
Women’s Museum Hittisau, Austria
Recently the museum blogger Gottfried Fliedl has ranked the Women’s Museum Hittisau second best museum in Austria. We congratulate!
Tonight the temporary exhibition “Kümmernis – a re-discovered cult figure” will be opened at the women’s museum Meran, Italy. It tells the story of the legendary Saint Kümmernis from medieval Europe who became the patroness for women in Europe throughout centuries.
The legend tells the story of a young princess who should have been married off to the enemey by her father. In order to escape this destiny she asked god for help and he grew her a beard. Her father was so angry about his wilful daughter and crucified her. Images from a woman with a beard on the cross have fascinated people throughout centuries and is still present today.
Website women’s museum Meran, Italy
Tomorrow the women’s museum Hittisau hosts an evening around the topic of gender roles in the process of integration.
The two researchers Dr.in Eva Grabherr and Mag.a Caroline Manahl will present their research findings around questions like: Which gender roles are brought to Europe by migrants? How do they influence integration and life the society? How important is religion in this process? What influence have categories like gender and age in this matter? How do gender roles change during the process of integration?
Since International Women’s Day 2016 the campaign inVISIBLEwomen started by Terri Bell Halliwell in the UK is calling for more plinths for women in the UK. And this is not before time, given that the 85% of civic statues that are of men and arguably form the UK’s oldest subliminal ad-campaign for the patriarchy.
Terri Bell-Halliwell writes about the latest progress:
Now one and a half years later aviator Amy Johnson’s words “believe nothing to be impossible” begin to ring true; we are witnessing a change in attitudes to civic statues.
There is a quiet, persistent power in a civic statue.