Floor 3: Bathroom Liberation

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Chicago-Kent College of Law Third Floor Bathroom Liberation Commemoration Committee Plaque

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!

25 @ 565: Art & Architecture

Floor 3: Bathroom Liberation

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