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March 2021

Digital Discussion: Women in Transit

Wednesday, March 10 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free Online Discussion

In celebration of Women's History Month, join Education Manager Polly Desjarlais for a digital discussion about women's roles in transit over the last century.

Learn about pioneering women in transit, including those who joined the Transit workforce during World War I, became Transit Police officers in the 1950s, and were the first female subway operators of the 1970s and 80s. Explore the stories of women who thrived in traditionally male-dominated fields and how these roles have changed over time. 

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The Evolution of PSAs with Poster House

Thursday, March 25 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online
$10 / Free for Members
color image of an Oppy PSA about a clean city

Dating back to the 1870s, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have been used to communicate messages to the public on a variety of topics.  Over the past 150 years, PSAs have ranged from calls to action to unite the public on war efforts, to messages conveying safety concerns when riding public transportation.  Many factors are considered when creating PSAs, including design and placement, for efficient and effective dissemination of information.

Join us after-hours with our Associate Curator, Jodi Shapiro, and the Chief Curator of Poster House, Angelina Lippert, as they explore a general history of PSA posters. Learn more about how PSA messaging has evolved since the late 1800s, how New York City’s buses and subways have functioned as places where PSAs communicate to straphangers, and what the future looks like for the medium.

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