Marching Towards Modernity: The Women of Greenwich Village and the Art and Politics of Social Change


Tompkins Square Library

Date and Time: Thursday, March 19th @ 6PM-8PM

Location: Tompkins Square Park Library @ 331 East 10th Street, New York NY 10009

Co-hosted by the Merchant's House Museum and the Village Alliance

In the photo above, Ida Rauh stands. A West Villager and NYU Law graduate, Rauh chaired the Legislative Committee of the Women’s Trade Union League and helped found the Provincetown Playhouse. Her sister-in-law, and Village neighbor, Crystal Eastman, also earned a law degree at NYU, co-founded the ACLU, helped establish the nation’s first workers compensation legislation, wrote the original ERA, and founded a revolutionary magazine of arts and letters that published everyone from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Claude McKay. Rauh and Eastman are just two of the extraordinary women who lived and worked in Greenwich Village at the turn of the 20th Century, when the neighborhood was transitioning from a tony enclave to a bohemian paradise.

This lecture by Lucie Levine will focus on this moment of becoming, focusing on the women who led that change. Marching into the new century as some of the nation’s foremost advocates for suffrage, labor reform and birth control, and exploding traditional forms of art and inquiry as founders and creators of some of the nation’s most avant-garde art and institutions, the women of Greenwich Village helped lead the city and the nation into the Modern World.

This event is fully accessible.

For more information on how to register, click HERE.