Date(s) - 10/12/2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

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Gerber/Hart will be opening a new exhibit, Lavender Women & Killer Dykes: Lesbians, Feminism, and Community in Chicago, co-sponsored with the Chicago Women’s History Center.

In the 1970s and 1980s, as the women’s liberation movement was gaining momentum, lesbians worked both within and outside of the feminist movement to create a better, more inclusive world for all women. In Chicago, lesbians organized community centers, music festivals, bookstores, newsletters, publishing presses, and health centers that created spaces to benefit and centered women’s issues. While conflicts arose over what both a feminist space and a lesbian space meant (and who would be included or excluded), the vast number of spaces in this period of Chicago’s history reflects a truly diverse group of women fighting to create a better world.

The opening will be Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m., featuring remarks by historian Finn Enke, Professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Finding the Movement, Sexuality, Contested Space, and Feminist Activism (2007). A reception with drinks and desserts will follow the opening remarks.

The exhibit will run through March 2020.

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