ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: The Life and Work of Amy Swerdlow

Saturday, March 2, 2013 1PM Blanche Wiesen Cook, Moderator Blanche Wiesen Cook is the Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She earned her PhD from John Hopkins University. She is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Volumes I&II and is currently completing the third volume. She is also the … Continue reading ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: The Life and Work of Amy Swerdlow

PANEL: Taking up Space: Empowerment through Community Building and Peaceful Protest

Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM This panel will be moderated by Maureen Lahey, who earned a master’s in women’s history at Sarah Lawrence College.  Taking Up Space: Empowerment through Community Building and Peaceful Protest Samantha Daley, Nicole Elinoff, Emily Vrotsos Administrators of the Seminole County public middle schools near Orlando, Florida are attempting to end bullying among their students. Currently, there are no ways for students … Continue reading PANEL: Taking up Space: Empowerment through Community Building and Peaceful Protest

PANEL: Education and Activism

Saturday March 2, 2013 10:00 AM This panel will be moderated by Dr. Kathryn Hearst of Sarah Lawrence College.  Feminist Pacifism and Gendered Nonviolence in the Age of New Media Amy Schneidhorst The Sixties anti-nuclear and anti-war group, Women Strike for Peace was known for its media savvy. Their creative direct action attracted broad media attention and created a space for moral and ethical critiques of realpolitik policy … Continue reading PANEL: Education and Activism

PANEL: Textile Activism, Shopping, Dress Reform and Justice

Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM This panel will be moderated by Gayle Fischer of Salem State College. Outerwear to Underwear: The Dress Reform Movement in the Nineteenth Century Traci L. Gott Women’s clothing in the 19th century was restrictive and unhealthy across all social classes. Women wore tight-laced corsets, multiple petticoats, restrictive garters, among other uncomfortable and often-harmful garments. The dress-reform movement, carried out … Continue reading PANEL: Textile Activism, Shopping, Dress Reform and Justice

PANEL: Battling Feminists and Reds: Anti-Feminism and Anti-Communism in the Twentieth Century

Saturday, March 2, 2013 10:00 AM Interpreting Women’s Activism in Red Scare America, 1919-1929 Erica Ryan In the Red Scare that followed World War I, antiradicals, anti-moderns, and antifeminists expressed their conviction that just like Bolshevism, feminist activists would bring disorder and unrest to the United States. This phenomenon is best exemplified in the experience of Louise Bryant, an American radical, activist, writer, and the … Continue reading PANEL: Battling Feminists and Reds: Anti-Feminism and Anti-Communism in the Twentieth Century

Mothers’ Pensions: A Case Study in Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers

By Emma Staffaroni The following is edited and excerpted from a paper entitled “Single Mothers, Social Mothers, and Welfare Reform: Maternalism in the Early 20th Century.” Mothers’ Pensions: A Case Study in Perceptions of and Attitudes toward Poor Mothers in the Early Twentieth Century “The justice of today is born of yesterday’s pity.”  –Julia Lathrop In order to fully comprehend the role maternalism–or political motherhood–played … Continue reading Mothers’ Pensions: A Case Study in Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers

Babysitter Wanted

by Carolyn O’Laughlin Babysitter Wanted General Details about Position: Two small boys, aged 5 and 2, and their two mothers—aged none of your beeswax– seek hybrid Mary Poppins-Maury Povich babysitter.  Mary(ish) responsibilities include keeping children entertained with creative and physical activities (preferably activities that result in long hours of sleep).  Maury(ish) responsibilities include keeping fisticuffs between brothers limited.  Candidates with Maury-like experience facilitating and/or delaying … Continue reading Babysitter Wanted

When We Were Free to Be… Revisiting A Children’s Classic at the Heart of the Women’s Movement

by Lori Rotskoff and Laura Lovett Parts of this essay are excerpted from Lori Rotskoff and Laura Lovett, eds., When We Were Free to Be:  Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made  (UNC Press, 2012) If you grew up or raised children during the 1970s, there’s a good chance you remember Free To Be…You and Me, the groundbreaking children’s record, book … Continue reading When We Were Free to Be… Revisiting A Children’s Classic at the Heart of the Women’s Movement