About the Exhibition

Women's Rights Are Human Rights is a very fitting title for an exhibition of women’s rights and advocacy posters, as it is a term used in the women's rights movement and was the title of an important speech given by Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. In her address, Hillary Clinton suggested that if the term women's rights were to be interchangeable with the term human rights, the world community would be a better place because human rights affect the women who raise the world's children, care for the elderly, run companies, work in hospitals, fight for better education and better health care.

Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage disparities. Women are often denied access to primary education and health care, suffer from violence and discrimination, and are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

This exhibition features posters created by both men and women from around the world to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all citizens should play in protecting and promoting human rights while actively challenging gender inequality and stereotypes, advancing sexual and reproductive rights, and protecting women and girls against brutality. In their collective visual voice, these posters promote women’s empowerment and participation in society while challenging religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize, or restrict women from achieving their fullest potential.

Organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Co-curated by Fairfield University faculty, Rachelle Brunn-Bevel, PhD, Elizabeth Hohl, PhD, Johanna Garvey, PhD, and Anna Lawrence, PhD in collaboration with museum staff.

Image: Dan Reisenger, Open Your Eyes to Your Rights, 2017

Explore the Exhibition

Virtual Tour

Browse Selected Images

Women's Rights Are Human Rights


Events listed below with a location are live, in-person programs. When possible, those events will also be streamed on thequicklive.com and the recordings posted to our YouTube channel.


Opening Night Reception: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Thursday, January 19, 6-8 p.m.

Quick Center for the Arts Lobby and Walsh Gallery

Lecture: A Cut at the Heart of Womanhood

Tuesday, February 7, 5 p.m.

Stephanie Welsh DNP, CNM, FACNM, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Clinical Faculty Specialist in Midwifery and winner of 1996 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography
Kelley Theatre and streaming on thequicklive.com

Virtual Lecture: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Monday, February 13, 5 p.m.

Elizabeth Resnick, Exhibition Curator and Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Streaming only

Panel Discussion with Faculty Co-Curators

Wednesday, March 1, 5 p.m.

Kelley Theatre (this event will not be livestreamed, but will be recorded)


Students from Cesar A. Batalla School's Young Ladies' Book Club (led by Jessica Baldizon, M.A. '15) created this video in response to their visit to the exhibition.

Watch the Video

Additional Information

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