Traveling Exhibits

The Women's Museum has produced a variety of travelling exhibits suitable for display at your school, library, or organization. These exhibits are highly informative and inspiring, and whether it be Women's History Month, or your organization wants to explore deeper into women's history, we have an exhibit for you! 

Our exhibits range from exploring how refugee crises affect women globally to feminist waves in the 20th century, to the modern beauty industry and beyond. The information presented through these exhibits are invaluable, and will provide an educational experience for your organization! 

Fees: $100.00/ a week (+$50 local delivery and set up fee). This price reflects the panels only, extra fees for artifacts.  

San Diego County only! 

For more information, please contact events@womensmuseum.org

TALKING THROUGH HER HAT: HATS AND THE WOMEN WHO WORE THEM

Is a hat a frivolous accessory or a necessity? Research of the history quickly indicates that hats have been both. Human beings sought protection from the elements; thus, hats had practical implications. However, they also were used for adornment, much like today. Hats have a long history as markers of status, occupation, and even political affiliation. Fashionistas and historians will have the opportunity to peruse San Diego’s most glamorous and extravagant hats through The Women’s Museum of California’s exhibit, "Talking Through Her Hat: Hats and the Women Who Wore Them". From decadent fascinators to traditional bucket hats, this historic collection will feature a rare view of hats from the museum’s collection and collectors in the community.

SHOULDERS TO STAND ON - REMEMBERING THE CHICANA ACTIVIST NARRATIVE

From roots of self-discovery, strong branches blossomed with Chicana literature, art, and activism. San Diego’s Latina women drew on the strength of ancestors and their own experiences to gain recognition for their contributions, accomplishments, and leadership potential. They struggled, organized, innovated, educated and inspired others in the community to set goals and achieve them. Meet the California women who turned aspiration into a movement. And explore the Chicana Movement of today’s generation in art, literature and activism.

Tears of War: The Many Faces of Refugee Women

Since the 1970s, San Diego has become home to almost 200,000 refugees from at least 30 war-torn nations where homes, livelihood, and family life were destroyed. Women refugees observed death and/or torture, fled their homes, experienced rape and terror, sought shelter, pleaded for asylum.  In their new homes they adjusted to unfamiliar surroundings and society, living with their trauma, and surviving against all odds. 

GIFTS OF OUR SISTER

What have we learned from the lives of Kumeyaay women, original inhabitants of San Diego County?  From birthing rituals to puberty rites, the Kumeyaay mark their life’s milestones in unique ways. Explore their culture, learn about their clothes, food, tattoos, art, herbal remedies, songs, and stories. Understand what we have gained and what we have lost. 

BEAUTIFUL, BRILLIANT, AND BRAVE : A CELEBRATION OF BLACK WOMEN

This exhibit celebrates the diverse beauty, brilliance and bravery of Black women throughout the world and highlights many local women that have made amazing contributions within their communities and professions. Our guest curator, Starla Lewis, is a longtime professor of Black History at Mesa Community College views the exhibit focus from a viewpoint well-honed after 25 years of study and teaching the topic within the social scope of American life.

ROCKIN' THE BOAT: WOMEN'S LIBERATION MOVEMENT OF THE 60'S AND 70'S

The second wave of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, known as the Women's Liberation Movement, came fast on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement. This wave of activism in pursuit of women's rights encompassed a wide range of issues: sexuality, family, workplace, and reproductive rights as well as social, political, economic, and legal inequalities. Rights that most women take for granted today were hard fought--by women, for women. In this exhibit, we salute and honor those tenacious women who carried the torch for equality, justice, and freedom.

Rockin' the Political Boat: Women of the Second Wave

Political inequality had important personal ramifications for issues of sexuality, birth control and abortion, and for roles in marriage, housework and childcare. Convinced that gender discrimination could not be defeated without political organization, Second-Wave feminists of the 60s and 70s challenged society to accept their participation on a public, political level. In the summer of 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was launched. Members lobbied Congress for pro-equality laws and battled workplace discrimination in the courts. They publicized issues like rape and domestic violence and reached out to other women to both expand the movement and raise awareness of how feminism could help them. Follow the wave in our third installation in our “Rocking the Boat” series.

ART ROCKS THE BOAT

During the resurgence of the larger women's movement in the 1960s and 70s, women artists, writers, choreographers, actors, filmmakers and playwrights sought to create a new dialogue between the viewer and their art through the inclusion of women's perspective. Art was no longer merely an object for aesthetic admiration, but could also incite the viewer to question the social and political. Please join us in our historical exploration of Women's Liberation and how women used their art to push at the boundaries of the possible. 

BEHIND THE GLAMOUR: THE WOMEN WHO BUILT THE INDUSTRY 1920 - 1940

The glamour of Hollywood in the early part of the 20th Century became available to the modern  women of the 20s and 30s thanks to the business brilliance of a handful of pioneering women.  Well-known names of Estée Lauder and Helena Rubenstein are still industry giants today.

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