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In times when many museums worldwide are forced to keep their doors shut, we invite you to engage with exhibitions and collections of women’s museums virtually. Every day we will share with you an online exhibition or virtual view into one of our member museums worldwide. Today the initiative from the University of Victoria, Canada presents a video of the exhibition Disobedient Women.

The woman is from the West Coast League of Lady Wrestlers – they dress in costume and ‘wrestle’ with social injustices such as violence against women or climate change.


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From 11th to 14th June 2019 the International Seminar on Museum Governance of the women’s museums of Senegal and Quebec 2019 took place in the Women’s Museum Henriette Bathily in Dakar, Senegal. Here you can find the IAWM report on the conference.

Louise Senechal is currently doing an internship at the Musée de la Femme Marrakech and describes in the following report her personal view and feedback of the seminar in Senegal:

Louise Senechal, intern at the Women’s Museum Marrakesh.

Le séminaire international sur la gouvernance des musées a eu lieu à Dakar du 11 au 14 juin 2019. Rassemblant des professionnels de plusieurs pays (Sénégal, Québec, Cameroun, Burkina Faso, Italie et France), ce séminaire avait pour but de réfléchir à un renforcement des collaborations entre les musées du Sénégal et ceux du Québec et de réfléchir ensemble aux différents modes de gestion muséaux. Continue reading


Darlene Clover, founder of the initiative for a Women’s Museum in Victoria, Canada visited two exhibitions in Toronto. One was of Christian Dior at the Royal Ontario Museum and the other, “Victims of Fashion” at the Bata Shoe Museum. She created these ‘found poems’ from wording and phrases from the curatorial statements, explanatory panels and labels, which she will read at her talk feminist research and pedagogy at the University of Huddersfield:


Ode to the Couturier

The bible has not taught us so much

As this master of shape

This great conductor of form

Who astonished the public

By orchestrating away wartime masculine style

To make women feel like women again

Clothed in the armour

Of a revival of 19th century corsetry

That obscured the natural to accentuate the waist

And enshrine femininity

As the ‘new look’ of peace


Ode to the victims

Their worries proved to be well-founded

In the decades long reign

Of notorious female fashion dictates

Cloth dipped in toxic pigments

Testing positive for arsenic

And when brushed against a flame

Set instantly alight the women

Imprisoned in the steel corseted cage

Crafted to make a criminally small waist

And mocked mercilessly by caricaturists

For their female excess and frivolity