Should the profession be rethinking the ways in which the public and the private, the professional and the personal have come to be divided in university life? In a moment when many gender inequities in our profession appear to have been remedied and the history of women, gender, and sexuality established in most departments, what are the urgent tasks for the AHA’s Committee on Women Historians?
Note: The following is a report from an event at the recent 125th Annual Meeting. This month we hope to bring you more coverage from the annual meeting.
Modernity leads, one likes to believe, to greater freedom, equality, tolerance, and such other melioristic goals. This is not always the case, as Janet Afary pointed out in her talk at the well-attended Saturday morning breakfast meeting of the AHA’s Committee on Women Historians (CWH).
Tracing, with telling detail, the changing attitudes to homosexuality in Iran, Afary said that despite the Koranic injunctions against it, private and discreet homosexual relationships had been culturally and socially tolerated in Iran until the early 20th century.
Ninety years ago today, on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was ratified. The amendment had first been introduced in Congress over forty years earlier, in 1878. To explore and celebrate the 19th Amendment here are some images, a film, and lesson plans.
The Library of Congress presents “Votes for Women, The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” a collection of images. There you’ll find links to portraits, campaign scenes, and more.
See also their timeline: One Hundred Years toward Suffrage: An Overview, which breaks down the quest for suffrage and offers links to images of important figures in the movement (like Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton).
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of National Women’s History Month and the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. The New York Times has thousands of articles, editorials, and letters documenting both advocates of and opponents to the women’s suffrage movement.
The HerStory Scrapbook makes accessible pieces from the New York Times during “the final four years of the women’s suffrage campaign,” many centering on both the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded in 1890 by Lucy Stone and Susan B.