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Women writers protest at New York Congress

© Sara Krulwich / New York Times
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© Sara Krulwich / New York Times

Women writers protest at New York Congress

Photograph of delegates in a debate at the 48th PEN International Congress in New York, USA, which was held on 12-17 June 1986 and titled The Writer’s Imagination And The Imagination Of The State. At this Congress around one hundred-and-fifty women released a statement protesting the lack of female representation on panels at PEN events. This act of rebellion essentially set the formation of the Women Writers Committee into motion, and it was eventually established five years later, in 1991. This picture shows Karen Kennerly, former executive director of the American Centre, speaking on the left. The American writer and activist Betty Friedan is on right, looking on. Seated behind them, from left to right, are: Starry Krueger; Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, international secretary (2004-07) and vice-president emeritus of PEN International; and Meredith Tax, first chair of the Women Writers Committee (1991-94), finalising the draft. This photograph was published in the New York Times on 18 June, 1986.

Manifestation d'écrivaines au Congrès de New York

Photographie de déléguées débattant au cours du 48e Congrès de PEN International à New York, qui s'est déroulé les 12-17 juin 1986 et était intitulé The Writer’s Imagination And The Imagination Of The State. Lors de ce Congrès, près de cent-cinquante femmes ont rendu publique une déclaration protestant contre le manque de représentation féminine dans les panels de PEN. Cet acte de rebellion a mené à la formation du Comité des Femmes Écrivaines, qui sera éventuellement fondé cinq années plus tard, en 1991. Cette photographie montre Karen Kennerly, ancienne directrice générale du Centre américain, debout à gauche. L'écrivaine et militante américaine Betty Friedan l'observe sur la droite. Assises à l'arrière, de gauche à droite: Starry Krueger; Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, secrétaire internationale (2004-07) et vice-présidente émérite de PEN International; et Meredith Tax, première présidente du Comité des Femmes Écrivaines (1991-94), finalisent une ébauche de la déclaration. Cette photographie a été publiée dans le New York Times, le 18 juin 1986.

Manifestación de mujeres escritoras en Nueva York

Fotografía de delegadas en un debate durante el 48o Congreso de PEN Internacional en Nueva York, Estados Unidos, del 12 al 17 de junio de 1986, titulado The Writer’s Imagination And The Imagination Of The State. En este Congreso, alrededor de ciento cinquenta mujeres hicieron una declaración protestando contra la falta de representación femenina en los ponentes de los eventos de PEN. Este acto sentó las bases para la formación del Comité de Mujeres Escritoras, que fue establecido cinco años más tarde, en 1991. Esta fotografía muestra a Karen Kennerly, exdirectora ejecutiva del Centro Estadounidense, hablando, a la izquierda. La escritora y activista estadounidense Betty Friedan se encuentra a la derecha, mirando hacia delante. Sentadas detrás de ellas, finalizando el borrador, de izquierda a derecha: Starry Krueger; Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, secretaria internacional (2004-07) y vicepresidenta emérita de PEN Internacional; y Meredith Tax, primera presidenta del Comité de Mujeres Escritoras (1991-94). Esta fotografía fue publicada en el New York Times el 18 de junio de 1986.

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17/06/1986

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Sara Krulwich / New York Times

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