Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
March 1 - March 31, 2023
Governor's Reception Room, 2nd Floor
New York State Capitol
Women of New York have been a pivotal force in shaping our culture through their actions and voices. Taking a cue from the National Women’s History Alliance theme for this year's Women's History Month, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” this exhibition celebrates the history of New York’s great women communicators.
Each of these women broke through social norms and elevated the lives and experiences of the unseen, unknown, and unheard, forming new and profound narratives. They have chronicled the continuing struggle against sexism and racism, fought for change in the ranks of power, and have upended and expanded the meaning of literature, art-making, and critical thought.
Their legacies continue to provoke and inspire generations of women who feel the opportunity to shape humanities’ story in their grasp.
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Berkeley: Crossings Press, 1984
According to The Poetry Foundation, this book “has become a canonical text in Black studies, women’s studies, and queer...
Copy of People Magazine
Featuring Barbara Walters
Time, Incorporated; Chicago, Ill
October 11, 1976
Copy of American Photographer Magazine
Featuring Margaret Bourke-White
CBS Incorporated; Los Angeles, CA
Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1937
Regarded as one of the most important literary works to come out of the Harlem...
Around the World in 72 Days
Colorado Springs, CO: Piccadilly Books, 2018
In 1889, ground-breaking investigative journalist Nellie Bly set off on a journey to circumnavigate the world...
Lorraine Hansberry Cover Version
Playbill, Inc; New York, New York
The Way We Live Now
Additional illustrations and etchings by Howard Hodgkin
New York: The Noonday Press, 1987
The Way We Live Now was first published to great...
New York: Vintage Books, 1987
In her author’s foreword, Morrison writes that she began thinking about this book during the 1980s when she questioned what the word...
While each of the women highlighted in this exhibition broke down barriers and opened doors, there is still progress to be made. A new generation of women is emerging and using their words to better society for all.
One example is Stephanie Pacheco, the eighteen-year-old New York City Youth Poet Laureate of 2023. Her winning poem, On Surviving House Fires is a tribute to her neighborhood in the South Bronx, and both the joy and pain people experience there. Stephanie wants to use her voice to advocate for community access and educational equality.
Imara Jones is the Emmy and Peabody award-winning creator of TransLash Media and the first transgender person to receive an award from the National Black Journalists Association.
According to the website, TransLash Media "uses the power of personal narratives to address the ignorance at the heart of trans erasure” and “shift the cultural understanding of what it means to be transgender, and help end anti-trans hate."
“Our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.” -Audre Lorde
Whether through an image, a song, a poem, a novel, or a newspaper, women have used various forms of media to amplify the voices of women, pursue truth, and shape cultures for future generations. Through their struggles and progress, women in the media have made history visible in New York State and nationwide.
The women highlighted throughout this exhibit act as a reminder of the power of one’s voice to shape history for generations to come.