Museum’s ‘Rebel Women’ Exhibit Brings Light To ‘Nasty Women’ Of Victorian Era

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A New York museum’s “Rebel Women” exhibit aims to bring light to the “nasty women” of the Victorian era, giving patrons a glimpse of what the women’s rights movement looked like before women could even vote.

The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism highlights progressive activists from the 19th century. The exhibit features female activists who fought for abortion rights, equal pay and divorce — ideas that were revolutionary, even taboo, during the 1800s. Some of the women included are wealthy entrepreneur Hetty Green, dubbed the “witch of Wall Street,” equal pay activist Sarah Monroe, as well as the “sexual radical” and “free love” advocate Victoria Claflin Woodhull, according to The Guardian. The exhibit also includes female doctor Ann Trow Lohman, who prescribed birth control and performed abortions on her patients during the mid 19th century. (RELATED: Feminist Advocates That Women Find Their Inner Witch To Fight Patriarchy)

“It certainly taps into the ‘nasty women’ and #MeToo women’s rights movement that’s going on right now,” said Marcela Micucci, the exhibit’s curator, to The Guardian. “We show how history repeats itself and it’s important to trace the early activism of women’s rights.” (RELATED: New Frida Kahlo Art Exhibit Allows Visitors To See Her Prosthetic Leg)

“All of these women have made incredible contributions to women’s history, whether they’re well-known or lesser known,” Micucci added. (RELATED: Author Of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Thinks Women Will Be Most Affected By Global Warming)


“Historical nasty women are getting their due,” tweeted amNewYork, an entertainment and lifestyle platform.

The exhibit runs until Jan. 6, 2019.

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