WILMINGTON, MA — An interesting and timely exhibit will be staged during the months of January and February at the Wilmington Memorial Library. The exhibit is titled “The Struggle for Women’s Equality,” and consists of about 30 posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis.
This exhibit highlights some of the issues and challenges facing women, or that women once faced. Some of the issues the posters address are job discrimination, voting rights, and full participation in the workforce and in unions.
It is an exhibit that may stimulate some more thinking on the subjects of gender discrimination and inequality. This exhibit is timely because of the numerous revelations of sexual assault and harassment perpetrated by men in power. The advancement of women’s equality is a good step to reduce this behavior.
The posters hail from several countries including the US, Greece, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Through graphics and written word, they address issues of discrimination, gender bias, and inferior treatment of women.
Issues like sexism have long existed in not only this country, but in many countries. In Saudi Arabia, women just recently were allowed to drive a car; they cannot venture out of their home without a male member of the family, and they cannot attend school. They are treated as property.
Some people in this country like to believe that they are not exist. It has taken many years to change certain discriminatory laws, but attitudes by many are lagging behind. Lewis encourages people to view the exhibit regardless of your attitudes and think about the issues the posters speak to.
The posters are from a collection of more than 8,000 posters of Stephen Lewis. Lewis has been collecting political posters for 20 years and staging exhibits around Massachusetts. He can be reached at Lewisposters@gmail.com.
Lewis attributes his love for the posters and creating exhibits, to his background as a political activist and a union leader. He states that many of his exhibits reflect issues he has been involved in over the course of his life.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wilmington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Stephen Lewis & the Wilmington Memorial Library.)
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