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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!

 

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Female friends in history and in contemporary art

18.2.-16.9.2018

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

 

 

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From left to right: Astrid Schönweger, IAWM; Dr. Kathy Sanford, University of Victoria; Dr. Darlene Clover, University of Victoria; Sissi Prader, Women’s Museum Meran; and Dr. Nancy Taber, University Brock;

It was a joy to welcome three delegates from universities in Canada at the Women’s Museum Meran. Dr. Kathy Sanford, Dr. Darlene Clover, and Dr. Nancy Taber are currently teaching at the University of Victoria. Their research about the interrelations of gender and museums made them aware of IAWM and women’s museums. After their visit at the Women’s Museum of Denmark, yesterday they visited the IAWM headquarters at the Women’s Museum Meran in order to exchange ideas and experiences.

 

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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

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The two volumes of “Feminism and Museums” are edited by Jenna Ashton and published by MuseumsEtc. They include not only an article called “Women’s Museums: Hubs for Feminism” written by our coordinator Astrid Schönweger, but many insightful chapters of our member museums. Continue reading

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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?

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On Wednesday 29 November the conference Tra Gender & Public History: Rappresentazioni e percorsi will take place in Florence. Not only IAWM will take part in this conference with a talk, but also other women’s museums from Italy.

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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.

Amy Johnson statue helmet reads 'Believe bothing to be impossible' Continue reading

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