Gianna Velez Corvino – As a self-proclaimed feminist, I was more than thrilled to be visiting “Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics”, exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. As we walked out of Loyola’s mahogany double doors, I felt the anticipation one usually gets before a first date. My palms were sweaty, and I had butterflies; I couldn’t pinpoint why I was so nervous. As we made the walk from sunny Park Avenue up to 103rd Street and 5th Avenue, I preoccupied my thoughts and hoped for the best. Upon entering the exhibit, my nerves were replaced with excitement.
Surrounded by pictures of female activism through the ages were the bright pink words, “Women’s Suffrage.” We walked through the exhibit led by a tour guide. He started off the tour by introducing us to strong, feminist icons of all colors and creeds. The tour took us on a trip through time as the layout of the museum led us to experience female activism over the course of 100 years. The exhibit begins with New York City in 1917, showing the struggle of the suffragettes, through issues of the 20th century, and into present day; focusing on the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March. We had the opportunity to look at art, as well as historical artifacts. I found the whole experience very poignant and conducive to the new theme Loyola has been infusing in its culture.
The idea of being not only “Men and Women for Others”, but being globally competent and socially aware have been recently added tenets. By having most of the senior class attend a trip that gave them the opportunity to experience history from someone else’s perspective is something I found very important. It was great to see my male classmates be so engaged and happy to be at the exhibit. The boys were able to learn about important feminists and women throughout history, not just the ones ridiculed daily via social media. I think it truly conceptualized, for many of the class of 2018, that intersectionality is vital for the benefit of all people.
The exhibit itself was wonderful, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history or any feminist out there. What I think surpassed the beauty of the exhibit is the effect it had on my classmates. As we walked through the exhibit, I think it struck many of my peers and myself, that while we have come so far over 100 years, we still have a long way to go. With most of my classmates now being legal adults, it has become evident more so now than ever that our voices are begging to be both heard and counted. While that can be a frightening thought, visiting this exhibit was the wakeup call the class of 2018 needed to see: that our actions can affect an entire generation, and building upon the momentum of the current social justice movements is how we make a lasting impact on our communities and the greater world.
About the author
Gianna Velez Corvino is a native New Yorker, from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She is graduating from Loyola School, where she was an active participant in Loyola’s social awareness organizations. Gianna loves traveling and learning more about the world around her. She will follow this passion immediately after graduation with a trip to Belize where she will build homes for local people in need. At the culmination of her summer vacation, she will continue her education at Fordham University.