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‘Feminist Periodicals and Publishers: The Ladder to Ms. to Bitch' in LIU Brooklyn's Resnick Gallery


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

LIU Brooklyn presents Feminist periodicals and publishersBrooklyn, N.Y. – In celebration of Women’s History Month, LIU Brooklyn presents “Feminist Periodicals and Publishers: The Ladder to Ms. to Bitch” in the Resnick Gallery. The exhibition of historical and contemporary feminist publications, which illustrates the ideologies and activism of the feminist movement, will run until Wednesday, March 27.

“We were inspired by independent publishing in general and feminist publishing in particular; however, the Riot Grrrl zines of the early 1990s were our main inspiration,” said Kate Angell, reference librarian at LIU Brooklyn, who organized the exhibition with Susan E. Thomas, coordinator of reference services.

Periodicals on view include a 1957 issue of The Ladder, the first ongoing American publication created by lesbians for lesbians; copies of the 1970s journal Heresis; an early issue of the now defunct alternative teen magazine Sassy; the independent magazine Bitch; and copies of periodicals, such as DINAH and Woman News.

Thomas said, “As a public service librarian and feminist, I am thrilled to have an opportunity to combine these two passions and collaboratively share the creations of past and present women with LIU and the community.”

The exhibition was made possible with funding from LIU’s Gender Studies program. A portion of the exhibition is on loan from LIU Brooklyn Professor Harriet Malinowitz and the Feminist Press at CUNY. Additional contributors include Marie Macula, Elvis Bakaitis, Debbie Rasmussen/The Marti Kheel Collection and Chella Quint.

LIU Brooklyn’s Resnick Gallery is located on the third floor of the Library Learning Center. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. LIU is located in downtown Brooklyn, at 1 University Plaza, at Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues. For more information about the exhibition, contact Nancy Grove at (718) 488-1198.

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 03/15/2013

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