An Online Exhibition of Daring Dames

Daile Kaplan, Swann’s Vice President & Director of Photography, recently curated an online exhibition of photographs for the National Women’s History Museum. Co-curated with Donna Henes and featuring images from the Kaplan-Henes Photographs Collection, Daring Dames offers photos of women “who have demonstrated curiosity about the larger world and remarkable resourcefulness in their ability to navigate in it”.

The images range from a female sharpshooter taking a shot in a 1920s Wild West show to a group of women ambulance drivers in WWI, whose job was transporting injured soldiers from the trenches to medical care, to protesters at the building site of a housing project in the 1960s.

In addition to these unknown heroes of women’s rights, there are also photographs of Amelia Earhart, Grandma Moses and Helen Keller. In a statement, the co-curators said, “The exhibition celebrates the spirit of adventure and indefatigable determination of these daring dames to manifest their wildest American dreams. These pioneering women are an inspiration to all of us.”

The National Women’s History Museum is a Washington, DC-based organization that affirms the value of knowing Women’s History, illuminates the role of women in transforming society and encourages all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about our future. The Museum regularly releases new online exhibits, and topics include women Olympians, Filmmakers, the Suffrage movement and women in wartime.