Linda Gordon: Picturing Women in the Great Depression
The popular image of women during the Great Depression is dominated by rural themes: mothers protecting their families from fierce dust storms and greedy bank managers, Ma Joad from The Grapes of Wrath, and Dorothea Lange’s iconic “Migrant Mother.” But as Denys Wortman’s vivid slice-of-life cartoons of New York in the depression show, urban women were also hit hard by the economic disaster.
Award-winning historian Linda Gordon, author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton, 2009), discusses the role gender played in Americans’ response to the economic crisis of the 1930s.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Denys Wortman Rediscovered.
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