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Strand at The New School: Sally Roesch Wagner & Gloria Steinem

Strand at The New School: Sally Roesch Wagner & Gloria Steinem

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

Join us for a discussion between Sally Roesch Wagner and Gloria Steinem, two academic giants and trailblazers in the history of women's rights! The discussion will be moderated by New York Times gender editor and author of Feminist Fight Club, Jessica Bennett.

Comprised of historical texts spanning two centuries, The Women's Suffrage Movement is a comprehensive and singular volume that covers the major issues and figures involved in the movement, with a distinctive focus on diversity, incorporating race, class, and gender, and illuminating minority voices. In an effort to spotlight the many influential voices that were excluded from the movement, the writings of well-known suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony are featured alongside accounts of Native American women who inspired suffragists like Matilda Joslyn Gage to join the movement, as well as African American suffragists such as Sarah Mapps Douglas and Harriet Purvis, who were often left out of the conversation because of their race. The editor and introducer, Sally Roesch Wagner, is a pre-eminent scholar of the diverse backbone of the women's suffrage movement, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and serves on the New York State Women's Suffrage Commission.

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Presented in collaboration Strand Bookstore and the Executive Dean's Office at Schools of Public Engagement

In 1962, Gerda Lerner offered the first university-level course in women's history at The New School. Since that time, the university has offered a number of courses and programs that explore gender as a central facet of identity that profoundly influences the structures of society. We celebrate the legacy of gender studies at The New School as part of The New School's Centennial celebration. Learn more at • #100YearsNew

About the speakers:

Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner has taught women’s studies courses for 48 years. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University and the St. John Fisher Executive Leadership Program. She wrote the faculty guide for Not for Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and appeared in that film and numerous history films and radio programs. Dr. Wagner was selected as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015. Dr. Wagner serves on the New York Suffrage Centennial Commission. Founder and Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, New York, she received the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She lives in New York City.

Jessica Bennett has spent her award-winning journalism career focusing a gender lens on social issues and culture — from the persistence of workplace inequality to the ripple effects of #MeToo. She is the New York Times’ first-ever gender editor, leading a newsroom-wide initiative to elevate the stories of women across platforms. She oversaw the launch of Overlooked, a project to provide long-overdue obituaries to historic women who never received them, and hosted the Times' very first women's summit, The New Rules. She helps steer the paper's ongoing coverage of #MeToo, launches new products and columns, and was editor of #ThisIs18, a project to showcase the lives of 18-year-old girls around the world — which she is now adapting into a book for Abrams. Jessica has written front-page stories on the power of women over 60, the evolution of Miss America, and a tome about her Resting Bitch Face, which did not actually appear on the front page. She has profiled Monica Lewinsky, Paula Broadwell, Ellen Pao and written features on female pot entrepreneurs, NFL cheerleaders and stay-at-home dads. She is author of the bestselling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, which has been translated into 14 languages, a podcast, and is being adapted for television. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and dog.

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