Social Media at the Turn of the Century: Newspapers, Networks, and the Woman’s Era of Boston
March 16, 2021
A lecture and discussion with Dr. Chani Marchiselli
Before the feminist blogosphere, twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, women’s specialty newspapers operated as networking media, and the spaces through which ideas about gender and racial equity circulated. One of the most impactful of these papers was published by the Woman’s Era Club of Boston, an African-American women’s service organization committed to suffrage, racial uplift and, as explained by their motto, helping to “make the world better.” During its brief run (1894-1897), the Woman’s Era newspaper united a network of women’s clubs across the country, and provided a platform for black feminist and womanist philosophers, educators and activists like Fannie Barrier Williams, Mary Church Terrell, and Ida B. Wells.
In this presentation/discussion, we will talk about how the Woman’s Era functioned as an important site for networking and public debate, and what we might learn from close reading in the archives.
As part of the Women's History Month Celebrations, Geisel Library has teamed up with Associate Professor of English Chani Marchiselli to present a lecture and Q&A about her recent research.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 23 at 12:30 pm via Zoom as we learn and discuss how women of the late 19th century connected and organized.
A display of related books, on the main level of the library, also accompanies this event.