Upcoming Special Exhibitions


Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s critically acclaimed book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide puts forth a compelling argument: when women gain access to credit, health care, and education, their communities become healthier, more prosperous, and more just. Drawing on these themes, the exhibition Women Hold Up Half the Sky, will engage the public in global and local issues affecting women and girls: worldwide oppression, the persistence of sex trafficking, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality.

Visitors to this exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Illinois will experience poignant narratives and interactive media that will demonstrate ways in which everyday women have overcome injustice and have brought about change in local and global communities. The highlighted stories within the exhibition will serve as powerful calls to action that educate visitors about how they can take personal initiatives to serve as allies of women’s rights both locally and worldwide.

Interactive exhibits will offer opportunities for visitor engagement and immediate action. Visitors also will learn ways to take additional action after their visit such as donating supplies to local trafficking survivors and joining relevant nonprofit organizations.

An array of public programming will broaden our reach and invite diverse audiences to dialogue about the issues raised in the exhibition and identify ways to use their voices to affect change.

In mounting this powerful exhibition, organized by Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Museum and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore aspires to offer students and the general public a rich, moving, and lasting visitor experience.



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