Pearl Buck and Women

Pearl S. Buck, was a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, avid humanitarian, and ardent social justice activist. She was a staunch advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. Buck was born in the United States but spent the first half of her life growing up in China, which gave her a unique perspective of both the privilege of and social constraints on women in the United States, as well as an inside look at the discrimination women faced in other parts of the world.

Living during the early 20th century, she saw first-hand the struggle for women’s right to vote, the evolution of women’s roles both inside and out of the home, the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment, and more. She documented her thoughts, her observations, and her first-hand experiences in many of her fiction books as well as non-fiction articles, speeches, and essays. Pearl Buck and Women explores her role in writing about and living this advocacy for gender equality and women’s rights.

This virtual exhibit, released during Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to the celebration of women’s achievements and honoring their past and present struggles to define their place in the world, invites visitors to engage in this still ongoing conversation. It highlights one woman’s perspective on the ever-changing expectations, rights, and responsibilities of women in their families, their jobs, and their communities.

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Exhibit Gallery

Pearl S. Buck Awards Room

Pearl S. Buck was honored with numerous awards during her lifetime and beyond. She received a wide range of plaques, certificates, and awards which spoke to the many inspiring achievements she accomplished during her life.

For Pearl S. Buck, an award was not just an honor but a chance to shed light on the rights of marginalized communities including people of different races, women, and people who are disabled. Pearl Buck believed that a strong society is built on respect and equity for all people, no matter their race, religion, or citizenship. This semi-permanent exhibit, therefore, is not a tribute to her many awards and honors, but to her lifetime commitment to standing with those seeking equal rights and advocating for those who did not have a voice to fight for themselves.

The Exhibit Gallery is Located in the Welcome Center


Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday: 12 Noon to 4:00 PM

The Welcome Center is closed on the following days:

New Year’s Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve

Admission to the exhibit is complimentary.

For more exhibit information, call 215-249-0100.