Lesbian Progressive Reformers
The Progressive Era, which spanned the 1880s to the 1920s, was a time of massive nationwide political and social change in the United States, in response to rapid industrialization and urbanization, both as a result of and an impetus to massive immigration, mainly from Eastern and Southern Europe.
Progressive reform attracted many newly educated middle-class white women, but also was the focus of both wealthy women and working-class women, especially in fields such as education, labor reform, and social work where women could make a difference.
Several leading women reformers had romantic and often lifelong relationships with other women in the movement. This curated collection connects to their legacy in New York City through their residences and influential institutions they founded.
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This building was one of many apartment houses in Greenwich Village that attracted same-sex couples. After its completion in 1923, this was home to a number of women in the... Learn More
Many New York City public schools are named in honor of prominent figures in American and world history. Elisabeth Irwin High School, part of Little Red School House, in Manhattan,... Learn More