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McNeese Professors Have Exhibit in New Orleans - Friday, March 24, 2017

An exhibition on Louisiana second wave feminists based on the work of two McNeese State University professors is currently on display in New Orleans at the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University through May 31.

Drs. Janet Allured, professor of history and director of women’s studies, and Carrie Chrisco, associate professor of mass communication and the exhibit’s photographer, collaborated on the exhibit, "The Personal Is Political: Portraits of Louisiana Second Wave Feminists,” a story that showcases women who have been working since the 1970s to make Louisiana a more equitable place.

The exhibit found its start with the women interviewed for Allured’s 2016 book "Remapping Second Wave Feminism: The Long Women’s Rights Movement in Louisiana, 1950-1997.” This book and the accompanying exhibit highlight how little documentation exists for these "stars of the movement for gender equality," as Chrisco calls them.

"The portraits in this exhibit were taken in response to the dual recognition that visuals for the women’s movement were not as plentiful in Louisiana as elsewhere and that many feminists lost materials in the floods and hurricanes of 2005,” says Allured.

Allured’s research for her book helped locate these women, who, she says, shared with her "their stories, or in some cases, their mothers’ stories, and what documents they could locate.”

Both women hope that by sharing these women’s photos and stories they may inspire a new generation to continue to fight for gender justice and encourage Louisiana residents to preserve photos, documents and other records relating to their legacies.

The exhibit is part of the NOLA4Women’s "Women of New Orleans: Builders and Rebuilders” initiative, a series of exhibitions intended to shine a spotlight on the prominent role women played in creating the cultural, physical and social infrastructure of New Orleans.


 

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