Women's History Programs

"Women's history is indispensable and essential to the emancipation of women."

Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Patriarchy

International Women's Day 2021


Please join KU's Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies on Tuesday, March 9th, at 6 PM CST via Zoom for our Women's History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Kristen R. Ghodsee — author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence — speaking on the socialist history of International Women's Day.



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KU's Students United for Reproductive & Gender Equity and International Women's Association are raffling off five copies of Dr. Ghodsee's Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism. Register above for a chance to win a free book!

Dr. Kristen R. Ghodsee (she/her) is Professor of Russian and East European Studies and a Member of the Graduate Group in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her articles and essays have been translated into over twenty languages and have appeared in publications such as The New Republic, The Lancet, Ms. Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She is also the author of nine books, most recently: Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women's Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War (Duke University Press, 2019) and Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence (Bold Type Books, 2018 and 2020), which has already had thirteen international editions. Her latest book is Taking Stock of the Shock: Social Impacts of Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, co-authored with Mitchell A. Orenstein and forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Ghodsee has held visiting fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki in Finland, and at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. She was also awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in Anthropology and Cultural Studies. In addition, she is the host of "A.K. 47," a podcast based on the works of socialist women's activist Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952).



People with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity at ETCWGE@ku.edu.


19th Amendment 100th Anniversary Series


To examine the historical legacies of the passage of the 19th Amendment one hundred years ago, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, in partnership with the KU Department of Political Science and the KU William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, offered a two-part 19th Amendment Centennial Series exploring the influence of Haudenosaunee women on the women's suffrage movement in September 2020. Please see below for recordings of each event.


The first event in Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity's two-part 19th Amendment 100th Anniversary Series ― a virtual Q&A discussion of "Without A Whisper – Konnon:kwe" with Mohawk filmmaker Katsitsionni Fox, Haudenosaunee Knowledge Guardian Louise Herne, and intersectional feminist historian Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, moderated by local multicultural artist, writer, scientist, and community organizer Alex Kimball Williams. "Without A Whisper – Konnon:kwe" is untold story of the ways Indigenous women influenced the early U.S. suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality. Learn more at https://www.withoutawhisperfilm.com/

The second event in Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity's two-part 19th Amendment 100th Anniversary Series ― Women Voted Here Before Columbus: The Haudenosaunee Influence on the Women's Suffrage Movement. During this virtual event, Louise Herne, a Bear Clan Matron of the Mohawk Nation and Haudenosaunee Knowledge Guardian, and Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, author of the intersectional anthology "The Women’s Suffrage Movement" (2019), discussed the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) influence on early U.S. feminists. They place the beginning of U.S. women’s rights a thousand years ago at the founding of the Iroquois Confederacy in present-day upstate New York. Women of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy possessed decisive political power, control of their bodies, control of their own property, custody of the children they bore, the power to initiate divorce, satisfying work, and a society generally free of rape and domestic violence. Herne and Wagner explore the ways Haudenosaunee women fired the revolutionary vision of early feminists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, by providing them with a model of freedom for women at a time when they experienced few rights. Introductions by Sarah Deer, KU University Distinguished Professor, with a post-conversation Q&A moderated by Megan Williams, Assistant Director of Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity.   

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