Nicole Hollander, the cartoonist behind the “Sylvia” comic strip, contributed an original piece of art to commemorate the creation of the third floor women’s bathroom of Chicago-Kent. The piece was the first work of art to be added to the third floor. Chicago-Kent’s third-floor bathroom had been liberated “by women for women,” in 1976, and Hollander’s piece was installed in 1992 to commemorate the grand opening.
The plaque was provided by the Chicago-Kent College of Law Third Floor Women's Bathroom Liberation Commemoration Committee (CKCLTFWBLCC). Their motivation is captured on the plaque: "Well into the 1970s, Chicago-Kent female students lacked one of the privileges most American take for granted: accessible bathroom facilities. After months of negotiations, demands and guerrilla tactics, in the autumn of 1976, the third-floor bathroom of Chicago-Kent College of Law was liberated by women for women. In May of 1992, that historic event (erasing the last vestige of Myra Bradwellism) was commemorated with a joyous ceremony."
“Sylvia” comics were distributed to newspapers as a daily comic strip starting in 1981, and the series “retired from the newspaper business” after 31 years in 2012.
Please join us at the third floor women's bathroom at 6 pm for a re-enactment of that joyous ceremony, with CKCLTFWBLCC members Fay Clayton '78 and Carol Johnson '78, including a champagne toast!