World’s Columbian Expo – Woman’s Building

The Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893 was marveled for the grandeur architectural structures such as the 400,000 square foot Agricultural Building, the large grand reflecting pool of Grand Basin, The Manufacturing Building which was the largest building in the world up to that time, and of course situated in the small corner of the fairgrounds was The Woman’s Building.  Considering women did not have the right to vote until the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, the participation to allow any celebration of women’s accomplishments in the Chicago Expo is an accomplishment in itself.

However, what makes the Woman’s Building quite ironic is when taken into context the size of the other major architectural buildings at the Columbian Expo, the Woman’s Building is rather small in scale and not even recognized as anything of substantial recognition by journalists and attendees of the Expo.  Even the showcases presented in the Woman’s Building representing the accomplishments of women which comprised mostly of arts and fashion, seems more of a showcase of women’s roles in society rather than any substantial accomplishments of science, math, business, politics, etc of men.  The 1893 Columbian Exposition does showcase 400 years of accomplishments and substantial progress for America, but also showcases the lack of progress on the issue of equal rights for women in America for 400 years.


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