“Standing Up for Change”
The first exhibit I choose was “Standing up for Change” by Elizabeth Maurer. What drew me to this exhibit was the cover photo of a group of African American women holding up signs that demand equality. After reviewing the exhibit, not only was it about leaders for civil rights of African American women it gave insights about organizations, such as the National Association for the Achievement of Colored People (NAACP) that women were involved in to gain equality in the United States.
Maurer (2016) mentions a powerful quote made by Mary Church Terrell that indicated that back in the 19th century that African American women had two “handicaps” not only were they being discriminated against because of their race but also...
The efforts of these organizations and the people who supported the civil rights movement enforced Congress to make legislation (Maurer, 2016).
“Breaking In: Women in STEM”
I choose this exhibit because STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) represents major professions chosen by women today. But back in the 19th century, it was hard for women to even be educated in these academic disciplines let alone have a career opportunity in these fields that were dominated mainly by men. Maurer (2015) shares the insight of amazing women who were able to overcome these gender barriers of the STEM profession.
Maurer (2015) mentions that in 1847, the first woman astronomer Maria Mitchell spent decades looking through a telescope, and was the first American to ever see a comet. It is hard for me to grasp the understanding of why men still disregarded women in STEM continuing into the 19th century when their skills and discoveries are just as beneficial to science as to their male counterparts. I think it is amazing that despite everything institutions and colleges were still being established, such as Vassar to help educate women in the STEM...
Not only did she help slaves escape but she was an advocate for women’s rights. Maurer (2016) shares Tubman’s story and the cruelty she had to face growing up as a slave. When she was 12 years of age when she was hit in the head accidentally with a two-pound scale weight that was meant for a runaway slave that eventually lead to her to develop headaches that would occur throughout her life. Maurer’s (2016) exhibit allows us to view the iconic store where all of this took place.
Tubman ran away from the plantation in Maryland despite help from her husband and kept running even though her brothers turned back. She did not let others discourage her from her freedom. My thoughts about Tubman is that she was such a selfless individual. She made it to freedom and yet she was still willing to go back and risk her life so that her family and others could be free as...
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