The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University was creating a traveling museum exhibition about the history of American women in business. They wanted to bring to life the untold stories of some 40 intriguing women who helped shape the landscape of American business, from 1750 to the present. Organized into five historic sections, the exhibition tells a saga grand in sweep and rich in details.

We devised the concept for the fifth section of the exhibit—contemporary women in business. After brainstorming and concept development, we proposed a video portrait gallery to tell the stories of the 10 contemporary women (including Julia Child, Oprah Winfrey, and Martha Stewart). We then set about collecting all the necessary content interviewing the women, obtaining their personal photographs and memorabilia, developing a proof-of-concept prototype, and editing and creating digital video portraits for each woman.


National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA

New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA

National Museum of Women in the Arts, in collaboration with the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

The Women’s Museum—An Institute for the Future, Dallas, TX

Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA

Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, MI

The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The exhibition was curated by guest curator Edith P. Mayo and designed by Staples & Charles Ltd. Website, contemporary women exhibits, and audio-visual materials designed by PIcture Projects.

The exhibition and its national tour were made possible by the generous support of AT&T, The Ford Motor Company. Additional support was provided by The Cabot Family Charitable Trust and in-kind support from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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