Expressions of Childlessness

Involuntary and voluntary childlessness viewed through the intimate lens of self-expression

Historically, when the subject of childlessness has been featured in the arts and literature, it has often been through the lens of others who are not directly dealing with it. The goal of this exhibit is to highlight a more intimate and personal expression that came directly from the pen or paintbrush of women who had no children.

A few examples here include a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), two artworks by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), and an extract from a play by Angelina Weld Grimké (1880-1958).

A Ballade of the Unborn Dead (c.1914) – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Frida y El Aborto, or, Frida and the Miscarriage (1932) and Henry Ford Hospital (1932) – Frida Kahlo

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Rachel: A Play in Three Acts (1916) – Angelina Weld Grimké