Women's History Programs

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

Gerda Lerner

 

Smash the Patriarchy: An Historical Perspective

 

To paraphrase Dr. Gerda Lerner, known as "the mother of women's history," patriarchy is an historical system that we can end through historical process and an understanding of women's history is "indispensable and essential" to our dismantling it. 

 

In this lecture, followed by an audience Q&A, Miguel Roel offers an introduction to feminist materialism and the history of women's oppression.

 

 

Miguel Roel (he/him) has volunteered with ETCWGE since he relocated to Kansas from Upstate NY in 2018. He has a BA in English from Skidmore College, where he double minored in American Studies and Art, as well as a MA in Teaching from Union College.

 

International Women's Day 2021

 

In honor of Women's History Month 2021, KU's Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies welcomed Dr. Kristen R. Ghodsee (she/her) — author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence — to speak on the socialist roots of International Women's Day.

 

This recording of the event features Dr. Ghodsee's lecture followed by an audience Q&A moderated by Dr. Megan Williams (she/her), Assistant Director of Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity.

 

 

 

Dr. Kristen R. Ghodsee 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).

 

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.

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 (she/her), Haudenosaunee Knowledge Guardian Louise Herne (she/her), and intersectional feminist historian Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner (she/her), moderated by local multicultural artist, writer, scientist, and community organizer Alex Kimball Williams (she/her & they/them). "Without A Whisper – Konnon:kwe" is the untold story of the ways Indigenous women influenced the early U.S. suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality.

 

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 (she/her), a Bear Clan Matron of the Mohawk Nation and Haudenosaunee Knowledge Guardian, and Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner (she/her), 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 Dr. Sarah Deer (she/her), KU University Distinguished Professor, with a post-conversation Q&A moderated by Dr. Megan Williams (she/her), Assistant Director of Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity.   

 

 

 

 

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