During Shakespeare’s time, women were not permitted to act or produce works for the public stage. As a result, dramatic works authored by women during the Renaissance were published under a man’s name or never performed during the writers’ lifetimes. Through the joint efforts of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Washington Shakespeare Company, the writings of these unsung women playwrights and dramatists are now being rediscovered and recognized for their historical and theatrical contributions to society.
Courage, perseverance, diligence, business sense and networking abilities—these were among the necessary qualifications for a woman in turn of the 20th century Hungary who pursued a career in photography.
For the first time in its 22 year history, National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) salutes haute couture by presenting Mary McFadden: Goddesses, an exhibition of gowns, clothing ensembles and jewelry by internationally-renowned American fashion designer Mary McFadden.
New York artist Isabel Bishop (1902–1988) devoted her career to depicting the fleeting movements of passersby she observed near her 14th Street studio in Union Square. Inspired by the realism of New York’s Ashcan school as well as by Rembrandt’s depictions of common people, Bishop rejected lofty themes in her art and portrayed her subjects in the middle of candid movements.