The Change of Life: Menopause and Our Changing Perspectives


March 20, 2018July 14, 2018

Location: The Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room

The items in this exhibit trace changing perspectives on menopause – from early proponents who labelled it a debilitating disease to the women who have reclaimed it as an empowering transition. The exhibit aims to make visible the experience of menopause, dispel myths, and encourage public conversation about a topic that has, for too long, been considered taboo. Its curation was inspired by the words of feminist Rosetta Reitz: “I’m going to pull menopause out into the open, remove the cobwebs, clean it off, and look at it.” 

Curated by Erin Rutherford, Josiah Charles Trent Intern, The Change of Life: Menopause and our Changing Perspectives, runs from March 20 – July 14, 2018, and is on display in the Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room.