The nature and limitations of womanhood and femininity have been consistently invoked in issues of gender equity. Concerns about women being “unladylike” or disrupting a natural order for pursuing political rights and representation continue to run rampant in contemporary discourse.
Purchase, Elizabeth C. Choate Print Fund, 2017
The sheet music cover to The Rebel Girl depicts a working class woman—most likely Elizabeth Gurley Flynn—in protest with a banner reading, "One big union," referring to one union for all workers. Flynn was a suffragist and socialist, fighting for both social and political reform to reimagine gender and class roles and rights.