Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Sophie Drinker

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Sophie Drinker
b. 1888, Haverford, Pennsylvania; d. 1967, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania

Sophie Drinker, a writer, historian, and amateur musicologist, studied the history of women in music. Her extensive research resulted in the 1948 publication Music and Women: The Story of Women in Their Relation to Music, the first book of its kind. Drinker and her husband hosted a salon in their Philadelphia home attended by hundreds of amateur musicians. She wrote numerous other publications, including Brahms and His Women's Choruses (1952), magazine articles, and an unpublished memoir.

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