What does a pattern for doll-making have to tell us about the racial and gender politics of American suffragists in the 1910s? The Little Suffragist Doll sewing pattern from 1914 seems quite simple. Her front and back printed on cotton cloth, this smiling little doll-in-waiting begs to be made three-dimensional. She is rosy-cheeked and bedecked… Read more →
Mariah Gruner is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Boston University, studying how craft is gendered and gender is crafted. She is currently a Dissertation Fellow at the Boston University Center for the Humanities, where she is completing her dissertation, “Stitching Selfhood, Materializing Gender: The Political Uses of American Women’s Decorative Needlework, 1820-1920.” She also works as the program coordinator for the Boston University Public Humanities Undergraduate Fellowship Program and teaches courses on gender and material culture.