march, 2022

15mar7:00 pm8:00 pmMary Putnam Jacobi: Advocate for Gender EqualityMember Event

Event Details

Tuesday, March 15, at 7:00 pm

Mary Putnam Jacobi: Advocate for Gender Equality
featuring Cornelia King Curator of Women’s History

A Library Company Virtual Collection Review

In her career, Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906) de-pathologized women’s sexuality. Her 1876 prize-winning essay “The Question of Rest for Women during Menstruation” countered the then-prevalent belief that physical and mental exertion during menses threatened a woman’s health. Jacobi’s own life as a professional woman, wife, and mother underscored her central thesis: menses, sex, and pregnancy were all aspects of healthy women’s physiology and not impediments to gender equality. Curator of Women’s History Cornelia King will show items from the collection that trace Jacobi’s career from her early efforts as a short-story writer (encouraged by her father, publisher G.P. Putnam) to her many contributions to 19th-century medical literature.




(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm