Topic: Gender

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Phillis Wheatley

This portrait of Phillis Wheatley was included in Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, published in London in 1773. Considered America’s first black poet, Wheatley wrote poems...
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Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia

In this report, Jefferson and his fellow commissioners planned the new University of Virginia. Jefferson founded a public university, but in his time “public” meant that the state...
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Scholars at a Lecture

William Hogarth’s print “Scholars at a Lecture” depicts an all-male eighteenth-century college classroom. The facial expressions of confused and bored students make us doubt the usefulness of the...
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Sentiments of an American Woman

After learning about the Continental Army’s supply shortage, the women of Philadelphia, led by Esther Reed, wife of the Pennsylvania governor, organized a fund drive. This broadside aimed...
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Suffragette Parade in Brooklyn

This peaceful demonstration in favor of voting rights for women occurred in Brooklyn, New York, in 1920. Later that year, women’s suffrage became law when Tennessee became the...