Just in case you can’t visit the display in Hornbake Library, Defining “Normal,” here are some of the items we’re featuring to celebrate Women’s History Month!
Two feminists, two strategies
Both Dorothy Sucher and Djuna Barnes were women’s rights advocates, but they led very different lives.
How do we define Dorothy Sucher?
- Mystery writer and founder of the Mid-Atlantic region of Sisters in Crime
- Psychotherapist, with a Masters of Mental Health from Johns Hopkins University
- Creative writing teacher at Georgetown University, Duke University, and the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland
- Editor, reporter, and columnist for Greenbelt News Review
- Watercolor artist
- Women’s rights activist and Maryland’s Consciousness Raising Coordinator for the National Organization for Women
Djuna Barnes was a women’s rights activist, newspaper reporter, author and artist. Brooklyn Museum curator Catherine Morris describes Barnes’s reporting style as “stunt journalism” (see the NPR All Things Considered story Embracing the Quirkiness of Djuna Barnes).
For one of her articles, Djuna Barnes researched the force-feeding of British suffragettes by subjecting herself to the same treatment.
HOW IT FEELS TO BE FORCIBLY FED
Djuna Barnes, New York World Magazine September 6, 1914
“I shall be strictly professional, I assured myself. If it be an ordeal, it is familiar to my sex at this time; other women have suffered it in acute reality. Surely I have as much nerve as my English sisters? Then I held myself steady. I thought so, and I caught sight of my face in the glass. It was quite white; and I was swallowing convulsively.
“And then I knew my soul stood terrified before a little yard of red rubber tubing.”
Read the original at Digital Collections at University of Maryland Libraries (requires Flash).
Each month, the Special Collections displays rare, unique items from our collection that resonate with present-day events. On March 1st through March 31, 2013, visit the Maryland Room on the 1st floor of Hornbake Library and delve deeper into women’s history. We’ll also provide online tools, resources, and information about our displays and women’s history every Wednesday and Sunday this month.
Our display honors International Women’s Day on March 8th.
University of Maryland Libraries Resources for the student or researcher of women’s history
Women’s history and the struggle for equality covers a broad spectrum of issues, events, and individuals. To support International Women’s Day and students or researchers of women’s history, here is a list of some online resources (exhibits, collections, and subject guides) available from the Special Collections and other University of Maryland Libraries. If you run into a resource only accessible to University of Maryland researchers, and you need access to something in these guides, we welcome you to contact us for more information.
Are you interested in the individual voices of women? Are you searching for organizations in history that represented women’s communities or rights?
Here is a list of finding aids for materials at the Special Collections. Some of these items are digitized and available online through Digital Collections (online items will be noted in the finding aids).
You can also search Digital Collections using the terms “woman,” “women,” “women’s rights,” and similar key terms for images and finding aids from our collections.
These guides provide tips and resources for researching women’s history. Some guides relate to a specific class, but may also have useful resources for your studies.