On view October 6th, 2023 through February 18th, 2024

Open Your Eyes to Your Rights 2017 © Dan Reisinger

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights is a very fitting title for an exhibition of Women’s rights and advocacy posters, as it is a term used in the women’s rights movement and was the title of an important speech given by Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. In her speech, Hillary Clinton suggests that “if the term women’s rights were to be interchangeable with the term human rights the world community would be a better place because human rights affect the women who raise the world’s children, care for the elderly, run companies, work in hospitals, fight for better education and better health care.” 

Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage disparities. Women are often denied access to basic education and health care, suffer from violence and discrimination, and are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

This exhibition features posters created by both women and men to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens should play in protecting and promoting human rights while actively challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing sexual and reproductive rights, and protecting women and girls against brutality.

In their collective visual voice, these posters promote women’s empowerment and participation in society while challenging religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize or restrict women from achieving their fullest potential.

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The exhibition includes a daily screening of Some American Feminists

Some American Feminists explores one of the most significant social histories of this century-the second wave of the women’s movement-and is a fascinating flashback on the women’s liberation agenda in the light of 1990s backlash. Inspirational interviews with Ti-Grace Atkinson, Rita Mae Brown, Betty Friedan, Margo Jefferson, Lila Karp and Kate Millett are intercut with newsreel footage of the tumultuous sixties and early seventies. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Some American Feminists is critical viewing for all those interested in women’s studies, history and social studies. 

Thank you to our Sponsors

Exhibition Sponsors:
Kristen Cavallo
Jennie and Walter Dotts

Bucci and John Zeugner

Programming Sponsors:

Jacquelyn Pogue

Visit our online calendar to see all upcoming programs related to Women’s Rights are Human Rights.

Interested in supporting this exhibition? 

Click here to learn more or reach out to our Development Director, Bobby Hall at [email protected]

Organized and curated by Professor Emerita Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.


Slide Show Image Credits:

I Am Woman Hear Me Roar 2017 © Raye Robyanne

Stop Telling Girls That They Can Only be Free After They’re Married 2021 © Hameed Hanifa Abdul

He Said He Loved Me 2012 © Vargas Moises Romero

Finding Women in Technology Shouldn’t be This Hard 2017 © DDB Dubai 

We the Future Write Our Own Liberation: Amanda Gorman 2018 © Kate DiCiccio

Stop Violence Against Women 2008 © Michel Kichka

Indigenous Women of Ecuador 2007 © Antonio Mena