Women’s Culture and Feminism: Chrysalis Magazine

*Post written by Josh Knecht, student assistant at the University Archives and Special Collections.

Top to bottom: Nuclear Madness - An Interview with Helen Caldicott by Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie. Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women's Culture. Abortion as Politics and Experience by Meredith Gould and Ellen Willis; Fay Stender and the Politics of Murder by Diana E. H. Russell; The Erotic as Power by Audre Lorde; The 'Parlorization' of our homes and ourselves by Sheila Lervant de Bretteville; Has Anyone Read 'Gone With the Wind' Lately? by Carol Fox Schmucker; Pushing Our Own Buttons: The Feminist Computer Technology Project by Elisabeth Reinhardt; Catalog of Feminist Publishing by Linda Palumbo; Is She or Isn't She? Women Athletes and Their Gender Identity by Michele Kort; Fiction by Aleida Rodriguez; Poetry by Ellen Bass, Toi Derricotte, and Kathy Freeperson; Film Review by Brandon French; Book Review by Beverly Tanenhaus; Double Crostic by Dorothy Riddle; Two Years of Chrysalis: A Cumulative Index by Peggy Kimball and Deborah Marrow.

Front cover of Chrysalis magazine, 1980. Source: Roselia N. Meny collection (MSS 303-1-7)

The Rice Library Archives and Special Collections has decided to double down on the material we have to offer pertaining to women’s history. A previous post mentioned the “Heresies Magazine” that is a part of the Roselia N. Meny collection, https://amusingartifacts.org/2018/03/15/womens-history-month-heresies-magazines/. This post discusses another set of magazines from that exact same collection, Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women’s Culture.

Chrysalis’ publication period spanned from 1977-1980. According Sorkin (2011), Chrysalis was an:

“Influential feminist publication that was collectively produced by artists and writers active in the Los Angeles feminist movement. Chrysalis’ complete integration of art, literature, and cultural studies was distinct from other journals of the era, in particular, Heresies, which began the same year in New York. While Heresies remains the better-known publication, it is Chrysalis that engaged a broader public, covering progressive issues that affected the women’s community at large.”

Top to bottom: Susan Griffin, Diana Russell on pornography. Through the Peephole: Lesbian Sensibility in Art by Ruth Iskin, Arlene Raven; New Poetry by Diane DiPrima, Pat Parker, Marge Piercy, Evelyn Pasamentier; The Glamour of Grammar by Jane Caputi; Original art by Betye Saar; New fict by Marge Piercy; More About Money bu Joanne Parrent, Valerie Angers; Science Fiction and Feminism: The Work of Joanna Russ by Marilyn Hacker; Interview with Judy Chicago by Arlene Raven, Susan Rennie; Thinking About My Poetry by June Jordan; Alice Bloch reviews 'Beginning With O' by Olga Broumas; Joan Kelly reviews 'Population Target' by Bonnie Mass: Chrysalis.

Front cover of Chrysalis Magazine, 1980. Source: Roselia N. Meny Collection (MSS 303-1-4).

This quote is important, because it signifies that though both magazines were committed to the feminist cause, they reached different audiences in different ways. The Rice Library Archives and Special Collections has access to both magazines within the Roselia N. Meny collection; this affords students and the public the ability to not only read the magazines, but also recognize the context in which they originally existed.

Come to the Rice Library Archives and Special Collections to check out the Roselia N. Meny collection and reconnect with women and feminist heritage during the month of March. You can also check out any of the other cool old stuff we have available to students and the public.


Sorkin, J. (2011, October 31). Second life: Chryslis Magazine. Retrieved from https://eastofborneo.org/articles/second-life-chrysalis-magazine/

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