These women aren’t just expressing their outrage by voting in high-stakes national elections; they’re funneling their energy toward a collection of smaller targets, including statehouse races, local party organizations, and school boards. And all of this activism has the potential to shape American politics in a much more significant way than their biennial votes.
Statues are a signal of who is valued in a society, and judging by the numbers, that would be men. A 2017 CNN analysis found that only 10 percent of public outdoor sculptures in the United States were of women. But public monuments, and the artists who create them, are beginning to represent women and their achievements.
Sexual assault is endemic in Egypt — a United Nations study in 2013 found that 99 percent of women had experienced harassment or violence — but reporting it is notoriously difficult. Police officials are reluctant to register assault cases. Powerful institutions prefer to sweep accusations under the carpet. Even the families of victims, wary of scandal or feeling a misplaced sense of shame, tend to hush it up. One woman is challenging the status quo.
The new exhibition, “Girlhood (It’s Complicated)” will tour the country from 2023 to 2025, and commemorates the political impact girls have had in the political landscape. It is part of the American Women’s History Initiative’s celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States and features hundreds of featured objects dating from 1781 to 2018.