Event | Exhibits and Tours Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists

Date and Location

  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Graphic Arts Gallery

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

This exhibition from the rich collections of the Library of Congress brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to two popular art forms—illustration and cartooning. In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their livelihoods creating art intended for reproduction and wide dissemination in newspapers, periodicals, and books. Women pursuing careers in the visual arts, as in nearly every other profession, encountered limitations in training, permitted subject matter, and adequate work environments. A host of challenges and longstanding social restrictions in a traditionally male-controlled system impeded many from advancing in their chosen fields.