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Perspective Series: Redefining Representation - The Women of the 116th Congress Exhibit

1801 West St. Andrews Road
Midland, MI 48640
  • Just over a century ago, Jeannette Rankin of Montana won a seat in the House of Representatives, becoming the first woman ever elected to federal office. In 1917, 128 years after the first United States Congress convened, she was sworn into its 65th session. One hundred and two years later, one has become 131 — the number of women serving in both chambers of the 116th Congress for 2019-2020.

    This exhibit of portraits, first published as its own 16-page section in the New York Times in January 2019, features striking images of the women who now serve in the House and Senate. Internationally-renowned photographers Elizabeth Herman and Celeste Sloman turn the traditionally male art form of portraiture on its head and evoke the imagery we are used to seeing in the halls of power, but place people not previously seen as powerful starkly in the frames. Museum admission required.