Exertion of Virtuous women - Omar Maldonado

This gallery will showcase a series of paintings of vigorous hard-working women at work during the nineteenth century and how men oppressed them. In addition, this gallery will also demonstrate the women’s perspective and depict how they felt while they were being mistreated and restricted from certain professions. 

Julia Ward Howe, John Elliott, Begun c. 1910, finished c. 1925, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
The artist John Eliot painted a portrait of Julia Ward Howe who was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, poet, and the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" Julia does not seem very delighted in this particular painting depicting a melancholic sentiment to the viewer.
Rose Scott, May Moore, 1913, From the collection of: National Portrait Gallery
In the following painting we have a portrait of Rose Scott by May Moore. Scott was known as the fighter for women's rights, and the opponent of Federation. Rose Scott relocated to Sydney and worked to allow women to vote and to get the laws changed so that men had less power over women. The detailing in the portrait is lucid and precise. Allowing the viewer to connect with the image and evoke grief.
22c Sojourner Truth stamp, United States Postal Service, 1986-02-04, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
The image above was created in paper; ink (multicolored); adhesive / photogravure. It’s a stamp of Sojourner Truth. Sojourner was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Furthermore, Truth was born into slavery, but was able to escape with her newborn daughter to freedom in 1826. The stamp recognizes Truth’s effort and showcases them by saying “black heritage USA”. With this in mind, we can depict strength, honor, and admiration.
Saint Catherine Tended by the Angels and Visited by the Queen, Spitz Master (French, active about 1415 - 1425), about 1420, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This next image was done in Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment. The miniature of Saint Catherine of Alexandria tended by angels unlocks the suffrage to the saint in this splendidly enlightened book of hours. In addition, this painting depicts strength and power because of her refusal to worship pagan idols. The use of colors is crucial in this painting and allows the viewer view the image in different perspectives.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Napoleon Sarony, c. 1870, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
The painting above is of two of the Women's Suffrage Movements' most notorious activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. In the painting the author paints both women at a table together attending to a novel with stern faces. The painting portrays these two women as the determined, strong women of the nineteenth century they were.
Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Eliot Foote, 1927, From the collection of: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
The painting above is a portrait of Carrie Chapman Catt, a women’s suffrage leader during the nineteenth century. In this particular painting the author Mary Eliot Foote used oil painting in order to compose this piece. She used detail and color to emphasis Carrie’s strong presence in the women suffrage movement.
Photograph of suffragists promoting the Woman Suffrage Mass Meeting on the roof of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Library of Congress, 1913/1913, From the collection of: Brooklyn Academy of Music
In the image above, the three women are women’s suffrage activists advocating for the nineteenth amendment. This image is impactful as it depicts women united behind the movement. The photographer captured a moment where all women were standing behind the United States flag advocating for a change of women suffrage laws.
Carnegie Hall Rose Museum exhibit: Women's Suffrage Party Convention Booklet and Ticket, From the collection of: Carnegie Hall
In the image above, there is a collection of information regarding the “Women Suffrage Party” that were held years prior to the nineteenth amendment being added. This image portrays authenticity and antiqueness, as the edges of the paper are wrapped and the paper has lost its color. During these parties, the information displayed highlights three powerful women in the suffrage movement; Carrie Chapman Catt, Harriot Stanton Blatch, and Emmeline Pankhurst.
A Morning Breeze, Petra Bauer, 2015, From the collection of: la Biennale di Venezia - Biennale Arte 2015
In the image above, are a group of women that were engaged in the Socialist Women’s Movement in Sweden during the period 1907-1920. The author Petra Bauer, purposefully presented this image to the Biennale Arte 2015, in order to show the form which women used images and posters to spread their message. In an interview, Petra Bauer stated that this image is also a very powerful representation of the women and movement at the time as it was uncommon for women to unite, especially for political purposes.
A Morning Breeze, Petra Bauer, 2015, From the collection of: la Biennale di Venezia - Biennale Arte 2015
The image above is a continuation of Petra Bauer’s work in the Biennale Arte 2015. Once again, she transfers images from the early stages of the Socialist Women’s Movement in Sweden to make a statement about the reactions of women activists during this time period. In the image, there are a group of women gathered around a table and appear to be discussing political matters. An empowering act among oppressed women of their time, which made a statement to their followers that women could unite and enact change.
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