The initial research funding that contributed to this exhibit came from a Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication grant. We would like to thank Patricia Carbine, president, Suzanne Levine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Gloria Steinem and Mary Thom for their early support.

We would also like to thank Debra Zimmerman for our partnership with Women Make Movies, and Amy Aquilino and Julie Whang for coordinating with their filmmakers.

For giving us permission to republish copyrighted materials, our special thanks go out to Kim Erle, Donna McAlpine, Mark Rabinowitz, Mark Balsam, and all of our filmmakers. We are also grateful to the photographers and artists who have allowed us to republish their work.

We would like to thank Victoria Beliveau, Maureen Santelli and Angela Paladino for helping us prepare materials.

For reviewing our project and providing invaluable advice and criticism, we would like to express our wholehearted gratitude to the following people:

Elaine Abelson, The New School for Social Research

Julia Alvarez, Middlebury College

Felicia Bell, Rosa Parks Museum, Troy University

Joyce Berkman, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts

Patricia Bonomi, professor emerita, New York University

William Chafe, professor emeritus, Duke University

Maria Cotera, University of Michigan

Kim Fountain, Pride Center of Vermont

Syd Golston, M.A., M. Ed, Past President (2009-2010), National Council for the Social Studies

Eliza McFeely, Moorestown Friends School

Mika Moore, licensed 7-12 Social Studies and Special Education teacher, PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont

Sujata Moorti, Middlebury College

Claire Potter, The New School

Charles Romney, University of Arkansas

Rachel Seidman, University of North Carolina

Kathryn Kish Sklar, Binghamton University

Kimberly Springer, independent scholar

Amanda Strauss, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Katherine Turk, University of North Carolina

Michael Scott Van Wagenen, Georgia Southern University

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, University of California

Susan Yohn, Hofstra University

University of Vermont Interns: Ashlee Payne, Ellena Erskine, Sofia Hurwitz , Grace Seta, Danielle Allen

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1971 The Click! Moment

The idea of the “Click! moment” was coined by Jane O’Reilly. “The women in the group looked at her, looked at each other, and ... click! A moment of truth. The shock of recognition. Instant sisterhood... Those clicks are coming faster and faster. They were nearly audible last summer, which was a very angry summer for American women. Not redneck-angry from screaming because we are so frustrated and unfulfilled-angry, but clicking-things-into-place-angry, because we have suddenly and shockingly perceived the basic disorder in what has been believed to be the natural order of things.” Article, “The Housewife's Moment of Truth,” published in the first issue of Ms. Magazine and in New York Magazine. Republished in The Girl I Left Behind, by Jane O'Reilly (Macmillan, 1980). Jane O'Reilly papers, Schlesinger Library.