Today, new generations of Arlington women have taken up where their predecessors left off.
The year 2020 is very different from the first half of the 20th century, and gender roles are shifting, offering women freedom and access to opportunities that their sisters did not have 100 years ago. Whether they are social activists, educators, artists, or public servants, they continue the work of those who have come before them.
Many challenges remain for women — sexism, pay inequity, glass ceilings — and yet the women celebrated in this exhibition prove that through determination and smarts, they can face down barriers and enrich the lives of others.
This exhibition is a salute to the many women of Arlington, both Then & Now, and indeed all women, who have been, and will continue to be, strong leaders for positive change. Arlington would not be the same without them.
These women are the driving forces behind social advancement and change and continue to be leaders in our community, often vanguards in the fight for equality.
Exhibition partners nominated these women based on their groundbreaking, visionary, and ongoing contributions to the communities they serve.
And Women’s Work is never done.