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CNN: “Red, White or Pink? Women’s Rights Don’t Come Color-Coded” and MOOCS with Alice Kessler-Harris

Louise Bernikow, March 10, 2017

Era: Post-Suffrage Era, Suffrage Era | Media: Commentary, Television, Web-based

March 10, 2017

For a CNN opinion column, author Louise Bernikow looks at the colors ascribed to the fight for women’s rights and argues that although she understands the importance of “visual symbols of solidarity,” ascribing meaning to colors can lead to “peculiar and often misleading interpretations of history.” As an example, Bernikow looks at the white so often associated with the suffrage movement. She can also be seen and heard on a series of MOOCs for Columbia University and the New York Historical Society, with Bernikow and Alice Kessler-Harris, emerita professor of history at the university.


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