A Century of Struggle: Women's Rights Before and after Suffrage
             Muhlenberg History Department Speaker Series

(co-sponsored by Muhlenberg’s Women’s and Gender Studies program)

Thursday, January 23 @ 7 pm, Trexler
Dr. Allison Lange, Assistant Professor of History at Wentworth Institute of Technology
Images and the Fight for Women's Voting Rights in the United States

Tuesday, February 11 @ 7pm, Trexler
Dr. Cathleen Cahill, Associate Professor of History at Penn State
Raising our Banners: Women of Color Challenge the Mainstream Suffrage Movement

Wednesday, March 18, @ 7pm Trexler
Dr. Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University, Votes (and Birth Control?) For Women: The Suffrage and Birth Control Movements After 1915  

Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich, Assistant Professor of History at Muhlenberg College
Healing the Body Politic: Women Physicians and the Fight for Suffrage

Monday, April 6 @ 7 om Trexler
Opening remarks by Muhlenberg College President Dr. Kathleen Harring 

Dr. Kathleen Bachynski, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Muhlenberg College
Patsy Mink and the Story of Title IX 

Christine Wechsler, Interim Director of Equity and Title IX at Muhlenberg College
Inspiring Stories and Ongoing Challenges of Title IX  

Upcoming Events

November 7, 2019. 6:00 PM, Seegers 113 – The Great Room. Women & Gender Studies Summit. 6:00 PM: "Meet & Greet (& Eat)." 6:30 PM: Roundtable Discussion, "Mobilizing Rage/Making Change: Suffrage and Beyond," featuring Crystal Adams (Sociology), Jacqueline Antonovich (History), Francesca Coppa (Director, Women's & Gender Studies, English), Elizabeth Nathanson (Media & Communication), and Kate Richmond (Psychology). 
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November 7, 2019. 4:00 PM, Recital Hall. "Outside the Canon after #MeToo," by Alexandra Monchick, Associate Professor of Music History At California State University Northridge.

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Past Events

September 26, 2019.  7:30 PM, Miller Forum, Moyer Hall.  “Understanding and Preventing Social Stereotyping and Prejudice in Children,” by Becky Bigler, Professor Emeritx of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. 

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September 26–29, 2019. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; directed by Jim VanValen with a genderbent cast of female-identifying actors. Call the Muhlenberg Box Office for tickets.

Danielle Dionne Guerin Endowed Lectures in Women's Studies

Thanks to the generosity of the Dionne and Guerin families, the Women's and Gender Studies Program every year sponsors the Danielle Dionne Guerin Memorial Lecture in Women's Studies. The Lecture features a nationally or internationally renowned speaker addressing important aspects of women’s experiences or situations. The lecture is free and open to the public.

2014-15 Nancy Fraser "Can Society Be Commodities All the Way Down?"
November 13, 2014, 7pm in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall
Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research in New York. She is a critical theorist who focuses on justice and feminism. Her most recent books are Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (2013) and Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (2009). Co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics. Please see the 2014-15 "Civility and Disobedience" Program on the Center for Ethics webpage.

2013-14 Seyla Benhabib "The Dilemmas of Human Rights: Ideals and Illusions."
Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. She has published seven internationally renowned books in philosophy, feminism, and political science, and edited eight volumes on the topics of communicative ethics, democracy and difference, gender, citizenship, and immigration, identities, allegiances and alliances. Her most recent edited volume, co-authored with Judith Resnik of the Yale Law School, is Mobility and Immobility: Gender, Borders, and Citizenship (2009).Please see the Freedom, Personhood, and Justice Forum information for further above.

Previous Danielle Dionne Guerin Lecturers have included:

2005 Stephanie Coontz "Marriage: Past, Present, and Future"
Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is the Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04. She is the author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (2000), The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families, (1997), and The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families. She is also editor of American Families: A Multicultural Reader (1999). Her Dionne Guerin Lecture was based on her latest book, Marriage, a History, which was selected as one of the best books of 2005 by the Washington Post.

2004 Sally Helgesen "Women’s Leadership in the New Economy"
Sally Helgesen is a leading business and leadership development consultant who has worked with clients around the globe, helping them to understand the major trends that are transforming organizations and figuring out what kind of opportunities those trends present for leaders. She is the author of The Web of Inclusion: Architecture for Building Great Organizations (2005), Thriving in 24/7: Six Strategies for Taming the New World of Work (2001), Everyday Revolutionaries: Working Women and the Transformation of American Life (1998), and The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership (1995). Her Dionne Guerin Lecture addressed the advantages of leadership styles more typical of women for organizations operating in the 24/7 economy.

2003 Anne Crittenden "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is still the Least Valued"
Anne Crittenden’s Dionne Guerin Lecture was based on The Price of Motherhood, her widely acclaimed bestseller which was listed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top Ten feminist literary works since Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique of 1964. She argued that although women have been liberated, mothers have not. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, and the latest research in economics, family law, sociology, history, and child development, she discussed how mothers are uniquely disadvantaged economically. Women choose to be mothers, but they do not choose the adverse consequences of that decision. Mothers didn’t write the rules that govern how their work is treated - and rendered invisible - by employers, by the law, or by government. Crittenden concluded with some suggestions on how those rules can be changed

2002 Joan Jacobs Brumberg "From Corsets to Body Piercing: How History and Culture Shape the Experiences of American Girls"
Joan Jabobs Brumberg is a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor at Cornell University where she teaches history, human development and gender studies. She is author of Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa (1988) which won the John Hope Franklin Prize, the Berkshire Book Prize, the Eileen Basker Prize, and the Watson Davis Prize. Her lecture, which inaugurated the Dionne Guerin Lecture, was based on her widely acclaimed book The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls (1998) which was selected by the American Library Association for a Choice Award and also for special notice by Voice of Youth Advocacy. She explained how growing up as a girl has changed over the past one hundred years and why the pressures on girls are now so intense. Popular culture has become more powerful and expectations about physical perfection have increased, so that American girls have come to define themselves more and more through their bodies. Brumberg argued for greater advocacy on behalf of girls to relieve these intense pressures and allow them to value themselves for their potential, their abilities, and the quality of their characters, rather than their appearance.


Francesca Coppa

Director of Women's & Gender Studies
Address Muhlenberg College English 2400 Chew Street Allentown, PA 18104