2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Women's Role in the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
Conner T. Katsev
Dr. Thomas Zoumaras, Faculty Mentor

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, hosted by the city of Chicago in Jackson Park, embodied America's ingenuity and advancement as a leading world power. The glimmering "White City" was a testament to how far the United States had come since Columbus' initial voyage 400 years earlier. And at the same time the fair's opulence and spectacular scale masked the feeling of inferiority felt by many social groups who participated in the fair, including women. Although women stood in the limelight of this national stage to get their collective voice heard, it was heavily suppressed by advancements in architecture, social movements like the rise of labor unions, and the sheer misogynistic view toward women.

Keywords: World's Columbian Exposition , 1893, Women , White City , Christopher Columbus , Chicago , Jackson Park

Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 205-5
Location: VH 1232
Time: 10:30

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