The items in this online exhibition evoke the stories of American women through the ages.
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Visible Woman, 1959, and Boston Association for Childbirth Education newsletter, 1968

Photos by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photos by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

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The Visible Woman, first released in 1959, was an anatomically correct model. The optional “miracle of creation” adaptor kit transformed her into a woman who was seven months pregnant, perfect for classes offered by the Boston Association for Childbirth Education (BACE), founded in 1953. While BACE was often derided by the medical establishment, this newsletter shows that at least one doctor had nothing but praise after attending one of its classes with his wife.
Boston Association for Childbirth Education Records

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