Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection


February 28, 2019June 15, 2019

Location: Mary Duke Biddle Room, Sperling Family Exhibit Cases, Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery and The Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room

Women's work. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women—such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection upends those associations. By bringing together materials from across the centuries, Baskin reveals what has been hidden—that Western women have long pursued a startling range of careers and vocations and that through their work they have supported themselves, their families, and the causes they believed in. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection is now part of Duke's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. This exhibition provides a first glimpse of the diversity and depth of the collection, revealing the lives of women both famous and forgotten and recognizing their accomplishments.