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Aziza Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, is an expert in health law, human rights, property law, international law, and development. Her interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on issues of both domestic and international law. She teaches Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law: Governance, Development, and Rights.
Judy Gumbo Albert, Ph.D., was an original member of the Yippies, a late 1960’s countercultural group who levitated the Pentagon to end the Viet Nam war, brought the New York City Stock Exchange to a halt to satirize greed, and ran a pig for President. Judy helped found one of Berkeley’s early women’s groups, wrote for the Berkeley Barb and helped start the Berkeley Tribe. After Judy visited the former North Viet Nam in 1970 she returned to help stage the Women’s April 10th March on the Pentagon and Mayday demonstrations. In 1975 Judy discovered a tracking device on her car and became part of a lawsuit that successfully challenged warrantless wiretapping. Judy taught Women’s Studies and Sociology at Mills College and the State University of New York at New Paltz, but spent the majority of her career as an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Judy is co- author of The Sixties Papers: Documents of a Rebellious Decade (1984) and is currently completing Yippie Girl, a memoir of love and conflict among the romantic revolutionaries of the late 1960s. Judy’s piece “Bugged” recently won 3rd place in a contest sponsored by the Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60’s and 70’s http://www.timestheywereachanging.com. Find Judy at: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yippiegirl.com or on Facebook.
Alta is a California poet, publisher, musician and gallerist. She founded Shameless Hussy Press, the first feminist press in America, 1969 – 1989. She published first books by Susan Griffin, “Dear Sky”, Ntozake Shange “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”, Pat Parker “Child of Myself”, Mitsuye Yamada, “Camp Notes” the first book in 40 years about the internment camps for Japanese Americans, and Mary Mackey “Immersion”, considered the first ecological novel. Alta brought George Sand back into print; her work had been unavailable in America for 80 years. Alta’s own poetry “Letters to Women”, the first book published by Shameless Hussy. was the first book of overt lesbian love poems publicly available in America. Her most recent book “Deluged with Dudes” celebrates her love for her husbands, male lovers & friends. The archives for Shameless Hussy Press are online at the University of California at Santa Cruz: UCSC Special Collections Library. Shameless Hussy authors have won many awards, and had plays and films produced. Mitsuye Yamada is featured in a documentary by Allie Light & Irving Saraf. Alta has had 14 books published; “The Shameless Hussy,” published by Crossing Press, won the Before Columbus American Book award in 1981. Her poems have been translated into French, Spanish & Greek. Her work appears in anthologies used in Literature classes throughout the United States. She has read her work on radio & television & in documentaries, including “She’s Beautiful when She’s Angry,” being shown at this conference. After retiring the press, she worked in video and performed classical piano. When multiple sclerosis made performing untenable, she started Alta Galleria, exhibiting California art; website www.AltaGalleria.com. The gallery, based in Berkeley, has participated twice at the Beijing International Art Fair in China. She lives in Oakland, California, where the original printing press for Shameless Hussy is in the garage. Young feminists have been delighted to come view the press and peruse the early books. Her blog, “Living Well with a Dread Disease” is available online @ blogspot/lwwadd.com. The origiinal content dealt with multiple sclerosis; it is being expanded as she experiences healing from breast cancer.
Xochitl Alvizo is a Ph.D. candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University focusing on Feminist Theology, Ecclesiology, and the Emerging Church. Her dissertation involves qualitative research with emerging church congregations in the U. S. and a feminist analysis and exploration of the emerging churches’ potential to be post-patriarchal. She is co-founder of Feminism and Religion [www.feminismandreligion.com], an international online project that brings together a diversity of voices in feminism and religion at the intersection of scholarship, activism, and community.
Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture, and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Brandeis University. The author and editor of 10 books in women’s history, she is currently writing a history of Jewish women in the women’s liberation movement.
Susana Arellano is an urban planner and project manager of the Neighborhood Women Legacy Project in Brooklyn, which highlights the role of grassroots women’s leadership in the development, growth and vitality of their communities.
Ti-Grace Atkinson has been a feminist activist since 1967, first in the National Organization for Women, then in 1968 in the “October 17th Movement” (later named “The Feminists”). Since 1969, she has been on the board of Human Rights for Women, Inc, and an occasional member of the Society for Women in Philosophy. Since the late 1970s, Atkinson has taught philosophy in universities throughout the United States.
Diane Balser, Ph.D. teaches Women’s Studies in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University, and is the co-director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Balser has been an activist in the Women’s Movement since the late 1960s, including staff person with Bread and Roses in 1970, one of the early organizations in Boston. She founded and directed A Legislative Network and Lobby on women’ issues for the State of Massachusetts. In addition she led delegations to the third World Women’s Conference in Nairobi,Kenya in l985 and the fourth World Women’s Conference in Beijing China in l995. She is also the author of Sisterhood and Solidarity: Feminism and Labor in Modern Times, published in 1987.
Isobelle Barrett Meyering is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her thesis, tentatively titled ‘Liberating children: the Australian women’s movement and children (1969-1979)’, is expected to be completed in 2015. Isobelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney in 2009. During her time as an undergraduate, she was an active member of the women’s collective, serving as the part-time women’s officer at the Students’ Representative Council in 2005. In addition to her studies, Isobelle also worked as a research assistant at the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse from April 2009 to December 2013.
Pauline Bart, a sociologist, is Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago; email@example.com)
Rosalyn Fraad Baxandall was an American Studies Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Old Westbury for more than 35 years and now teaches at CUNY Labor School and at the Bard Prison Project. During the late 60s she was part of New York Radical Women, Red Stockings and WITCH (Women’s Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell and later, No More Nice Girls, protesting for abortion rights, against sterilization abuse, working to create day care centers, public green spaces and helping to desegregate want ads as well as writing and editing books and articles.
Agatha Beins teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Her interest in histories of feminism, print culture, social movements, feminist geography, and creative forms of activism shape her current book project about US feminist periodicals published in the 1970s.
Deborah Belle is professor of psychology and director of the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University. Her research has focused on stress and depression in low-income mothers, children’s networks, children’s after-school experiences, and women’s personal and professional networks. Her books include: Lives in stress: Women and depression (1982); Children’s social networks and social supports (1989); and The after-school lives of children: Alone and with others while parents work (1999). She has been William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholar in the Mental Health of Children; Evelyn Green Davis Fellow in Psychology at the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College; and Fellow of the Radcliffe Public Policy Center. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Halina Bendkowski, a sociologist, has focused on violence against women and initiated the gender democracy debate. She was a panelist at the 1994 conference for women’s rights as human rights in Vienna, has served the Berliner FrauenfrAKTION (Berlin women’s frACTION) and was cultural-political director of the SCHOKOFABRIK — the first and largest feminist cultural center in Berlin, Germany. She authored “Wie Weit Flog die Tomate?” Gala der Reflexionen (1999).
Marie-Andrée Bergeron is currently pursuing postdoctoral research at the Université du Québec à Montréal with a fellowship from the Fonds quebecois de la recherche et de la culture. Her research focuses on the creation of the figure of the intellectual through the women’s participation in various Quebec’s journals between 1948 and 1968. She recently completed her Ph.D. with a dissertation on the discursive analysis of feminist discourse in three feminist journals in Quebec: Québécoises deboutte!, Les têtes de pioche and La Vie en rose.
Louise Bernikow, writer/activist/lecturer, is the author of 9 books and innumerable pieces of shorter writing in print and on-line, including the Huffington Post. A founder of several Second Wave institutions– two Women’s Studies programs, the Columbia Seminar on Women and Society, the Women’s Lives Seminar @ CUNY — she is currently writing and consulting in advance of the 2017 Centennial of the Woman Suffrage victory in New York State.
Melissa Estes Blair is assistant professor of history and a member of the Gender & Women’s Studies faculty at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She earned her BA from the University of Kentucky and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She is the author of Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics 1965-1980, which will be published in 2014 by University of Georgia Press.
Anne Blaschke is an Assistant Professor (Visiting) of Women’s and Gender History at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. She specializes in twentieth-century politics and culture, particularly issues of race, class, and gender. She is currently revising her dissertation (Boston University History Department 2012, under advisement of Bruce Schulman), Racing to Win: Women Track and Field Athletes in American Political Culture, 1928-1988, for publication. Her new research includes work on libertarian women, and gender in modern party politics and country music.
Heather Tobis Booth was active in the founding and growth of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union including starting JANE (an abortion service), Action Committee for Decent Childcare. She has continued in political and social action work including founding Midwest Academy (organizer training center), Directing NAACP National Voter Fund, Directing the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Directing Americans for Financial Reform, coordinating national events around the Supreme Court hearing on Marriage Equality and advising campaigns on Immigration, Social Security and Voter Participation.
Liana Borghi, an independent scholar in the feminist, lesbian and queer movements, retired from teaching Anglo-American Literature at the University of Florence. She co-founded the Italian Society of Women in Literature (1996) and until 2009 represented her university in ATHENA, the Socrates European thematic network in women’s studies. She has published on women writers, travelers, utopian and science fiction, and Jewish women; has translated Adrienne Rich and Donna Haraway; has written and co-edited several collections of literary essays and four volumes of the proceedings of the summer school on interculturality and gender which she has organized for the past 12 years (<http://interculturadigenere.eu/>).
Eileen Boris, Hull Professor and Chair, Department of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, is Boston University CLA Class ’70. She was a member of Rhode Island Women’s Liberation while a graduate student at Brown and joined the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, where she was part of a workgroup that sought to recover Chicago Women’s Labor History for organizing in the mid-1970s. She has gone on to work for welfare, reproductive, and economic justice. She’s also the prize-winning author of Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States (1994) and, with Jennifer Klein, Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (2012), as well as other books, articles, and public writing.
Elizabeth C. Bouvier is the Head of Archives, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, is the Fiscal Agent and also an Executive Producer for “Left on Pearl.” Ms. Bouvier was the Resident Administrator at the Women’s Center from 1972 to 1985, Center Treasurer from 1974-1984, Consulting Archivist from 1980-1985, and member of the Board from 1988-1995. She is a founder of and currently Board Member and Archivist for The History Project: Documenting LGBT Boston.
Joan Braderman has been involved with film and video as a screenwriter, artist, producer, critic and professor for over thirty years. Born in Washington, DC, and coming of age in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement there, she holds degrees from Harvard and NYU. Taking the few film production courses available in universities, she noted the radical differences between what she and others were shooting on the streets in the late 60’s and what was shown on TV. She has spent a substantial part of her life creating controversies about the ubiquitous lie of the “mass” media in the U.S. She still is. In this period, she also noticed that she was often the only woman in a class, on a shoot, on a film faculty and also set out to rectify this abysmal situation for women. She became a member of CARASA, was a founding member of The Heresies Collective, New York Socialist-Feminists, No More Nice Girls (the group that formed to spit fire when reproductive and sexual rights were under attack for the umpteenth time.) She worked in coalition-building groups led in part by the Puerto Rican Socialist Movement. She learned to shoot and edit black and white reel-to-reel video at the free Media Centers alive in NYC in the 70’s, producing documentaries such as FOR A BICENTENNIAL WITHOUT COLONIES, (1977) and THE PEOPLES’ CONVENTION, SOUTH BRONX, (1980.) She was a producer on a number of non-fiction works including: WAITING FOR THE INVASION, U.S. CITIZENS IN NICARAGUA (1984) with Dee Dee Halleck, et al, and TELL THEM FOR US; MADRE IN NICARAGUA (1985) with CBS camerawoman and director, Jane Lurie for the MADRE organization. She is best known for her series of video pieces, which she writes and performs and for which she designs wild & expressive moving graphics– about women, desire and our love-hate relationship with popular culture. These include: NATALIE DIDN’T DROWN (1983); JOAN DOES DYNASTY (1986); NO MORE NICE GIRLS (1989); 30 SECOND SPOT RECONSIDERED (1990) and JOAN SEES STARS (1992.) THE HERETICS (2009,) her feature film about the Second Wave opened with a world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art – beginning a week-long run, Oct. 9-15 in NYC. Today, her works are in the permanent collections of museums such as the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. For stills, clips, scripts and more information on distributors, exhibition venues, awards, grants and writings by and about the artist and her work, see: www.heresiesfilproject.org or www.heresiesfilmproject.org/nomorenicegirls/
Liane Brandon is an award winning independent filmmaker, photographer and University of Massachusetts/Amherst Professor Emeritus. She was one of the first independent women filmmakers to emerge from the Women’s Movement. She was a member of Bread and Roses, and she is a co-founder of New Day Films, the nationally known filmmaker distribution cooperative. Her classic films Anything You Want To Be (1971) and Betty Tells Her Story (1972) were among the most frequently used consciousness raising tools of the Women’s Movement. Brandon’s films have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Chicago Art Institute and the Tribeca Film Festival. Currently working as a still photographer, her photography credits include production stills for Unsolved Mysteries and the PBS series American Experience, Nova, and American Masters. Her photos have been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, New York Daily News and many other publications.
Khiara M. Bridges is Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Boston University. She has written many articles concerning, race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, among others. She is also the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), published by the University of California Press. She teaches Critical Race Theory, Criminal Law, and a course on the Fourteenth Amendment at BU Law.
Leslie Brody is a professor of psychology at Boston University, past Director of the BU Clinical Psychology PhD program (1991 – 1996) and was the Marion Cabot Putnam Fellow at the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College (1994 – 1995). She specializes in how gender and culture impact emotional functioning and how gender roles relate to mental and physical well- being. Most recently, she is working on gender role behaviors as predictors of health in women with HIV. Her books include Gender, Emotion, and the Family (Harvard U. Press, 1997) and Daughters of Kings: Growing up as a Jewish Woman in America (Faber & Faber, 1999).
Soul Brown is the fundraiser for the Women’s Center. As a poet, video producer, educator and nonprofit manager, she’s been engaged in the struggle for social justice over several decades. More recently, she’s grown an interest in resource development as a way to promote and advance missions she believes in. Soul has been the director of the creative writing program, Books of Hope, which serves predominately Haitian girls and young women since 2006. She is delighted to be among the long line of women who have used the Center as a platform for personal and community transformation and who view the Pleasant St house as “a room of their own.” Other Soul tidbits: She was among the first class of girls to break through the gender barrier to attend the former Boys Latin School (now Boston Latin School) and the first African American female to graduate from its six year program. Soul walked from Massachusetts to New Orleans as part of the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage, a healing walk focused on recovery from America’s slavery past. The year-long journey also took her through the Caribbean and several African nations, ending in South Africa. She was featured in the Blackside film “This Far By Faith,” which recounted the experience.
Gilda Bruckman was one of four women who founded New Words Bookstore in Somerville, MA in April 1974. For the next 28 years she was the book buyer and also co-managed the bookstore, which grew to be one of the largest women’s bookstores in the US by the late 1980s. In 2002, she and two of her colleagues created the Center for New Words to transform the assets of the bookstore into the non-profit Center for New Words, which encouraged women’s engagement with the entire “word cycle” from literacy to literary writing to opinion making in the media. Since 2003, Gilda has been a writing tutor at Cambridge College, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs for working adults. She has an M.A. in English Literature from Boston University.
Dorothy Dawson Burlage was born and raised in the south. She was active in the civil rights movement, full-time, for about ten years and was also one of the early members of Students for a Democratic Society. She was co-founder of the Northern Student Movement and a founder of the Southern Student Organizing Committee. She did fund-raising for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She was active in the women’s movement, organizing consciousness-raising groups, doing research, writing papers, starting a women’s center, and giving lectures. Dr.Burlage received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and her doctorate from Harvard in psychology and public policy. She received several honors, awards, and research grants, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Women’s Studies. Dr. Burlage was affiliated with Harvard University as a lecturer, clinician, and researcher from 1970 to 2010. She served as a member of the board of the Children’s Museum, Mind Science Foundation, and Families First. She has lectured and published articles about women, children, and families. She also lectures about the civil rights movement. She has had a private practice as a clinical psychologist in Newton, MA, since 1980.
Tamar Carroll is Assistant Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her publications on the NCNW include “Unlikely Allies: Forging a Multiracial, Class-based Women’s Movement in 1970s Brooklyn” in Stephanie Gilmore, ed., Feminist Coalitions: Historical Perspectives on Second-Wave Feminism in the United States, University of Illinois Press, 2008, pp. 196-224, and “How did feminists meet the challenges of working across differences?: Brooklyn’s National Congress of Neighborhood Women, 1974-2006,” Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000, eds. Kathryn Sklar and Thomas Dublin, Alexander Street Press, Alexandria, VA, (10:4, Dec. 2006).
Mary Anne Case is Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law and member of the Board of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago and has also served as the 2013 Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, the 2006–07 Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, the 2004 Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and before joining the Chicago faculty, as a visiting Professor at NYU and as the University.Class of 1966 Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. While her diverse research interests include German contract law and the First Amendment, her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender, and sexuality, and on the early history of feminism. She is working on a book on the Vatican and the Gender Agenda.
Rebecca Chalker has a Ph.D. in Sexology, is a Certified Sex Advisor, and teaches “A Cultural History of Sexualities,” at Pace University in New York City and at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her book, The Clitoral Truth, is printed in English, Portuguese, Turkish, and German, and was highlighted on “Sex and the City”, September 7, 2003. She has presented at numerous American and international sexology conferences and her articles have appeared on dodsonandross.com, Alternet, RH Reality Check, in On Our Backs, Ms., The Village Voice, and On the Issues, and as well as in peer-reviewed medical journals
Jean Chapman was awarded a doctorate in Peace Studies from Bradford University, West Yorkshire, UK, in 2008. Her first degree is an Anthropology (Hons.) from McGill. The second is from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, where she was a student activist, and participated in the nascent women’s movement on and off campus in the late 1970s. She is now a Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Her research interests are feminist epistemology and gender-sensitive methods, landmine management, humanitarianism, the Khmer extractive industry, and mass killing in Cambodia during the Cold War.
Joan Chrisler, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College, teaching “Psychology of Women,” and courses on health. Chrisler publishes on the psychology of women and gender and women’s health issues, particularly on weight, eating behavior, body image, menopause, attitudes toward menstruation, and menstrual cycle-related changes. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern (2012, Praeger); and Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology (Volume 1 & 2). She has served as President of the Association for Women in Psychology, the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and as editor of Sex Roles, an international, interdisciplinary behavioral science journal.
Mardge Cohen worked as a physician at Cook County Hospital in Chicago for over 30 years. She has been involved in many health and social justice issues including advocacy for persons with HIV, physicians for a national health program, and reproductive rights struggles. Currently she works at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and is medical director of Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx) which provides comprehensive HIV primary care to women, men and youth in Kigali, Rwanda.
Maria Cotera is an associate professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She holds a joint appointment in Women’s Studies and the Department of American Culture. Her work centers on the women of color praxis in the 20th century. Her book Native Speakers: Ella Cara Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González and the Poetics of Culture (2008) received the Gloria Anzaldúa Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association in 2009.
A noted historian and author of numerous feminist writings, including “Diosa y Hembra” and “Chicana Feminist,” Martha P. Cotera has been a key player in establishing some of the most influential Latino organizations in the country. She is a founding member of the Raza Unida Party in Texas, Mujeres Pro-Raza Unida Caucus, the Texas Women’s Political Caucus, the Chicana Caucus of the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Mexican American Business and Professional Womens Association (MAPBWA), the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, and several others.
Nancy F. Cott is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her writings range widely over questions concerning women, gender, family, and marriage in U.S. history, and include The Bonds of Womanhood: ‘Woman’s Sphere’ in New England, 1780-1835 (1977); The Grounding of Modern Feminism (1987); and Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (2000). An advisory board member for reference works such as the American National Biography and Notable American Women, as well as for documentary films such as “One Woman One Vote” [PBS, 1995], she has lectured on college campuses and at academic conferences around the world.
Sarah Crook is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research into maternal distress in the mid- to late-twentieth century is funded by The Wellcome Trust, and builds on her Master’s research at the University of Oxford, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is co-convenor of the History of Feminism Network, and teaches a course on gender history in a low-participation South London school.
Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief. In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own. Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. She went on to star in such films as The Fly, Beetlejuice, Angie, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little. Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is becoming recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters and reduce gender stereotyping in media made for children 11 and under. Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Davis is also an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.
Rebecca L. Davis is an associate professor of history at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. She is a founding board member and co-chair of the Women’s Caucus at UD, a group that advocates for gender equity for staff and faculty and has achieved expanded parental leave policies, improved “stop-the-clock” mechanisms for tenure-track faculty, the promotion of flexible work policies for staff, and other advances for UD employees. She is the author of More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (Harvard University Press, 2010), a history of the gendered dynamics of American marriage counseling and guidance since the 1930s, and has published widely on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and religion in the 20th century United States. Currently, Davis is at work on several projects, including an article about the historiography of the heterosexual / homosexual binary and studies of religious converts in the mid-20th century.
Marcia Deihl is a musician and social justice advocate (“cultural worker”) who was a former member of the New Harmony Sisterhood Band from 1973-1980. This Boston-based socialist feminist/lesbian feminist band played benefits and concerts, toured, and produced an album called “Ain’t I A Woman?” (see SmithsonianFolkways Protest Songs for the CD). She is now retired, lives in Camhridge, and continues to sing songs old and new. She also offers 1970s musical history workshops. www.marciadeihl.com.
Britni de la Cretaz is co-founder and co-director of Hollaback! Boston. Britni has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling but prefers doing Social Work. She is a feminist, activist, former pessimist, dopeless hopefiend, spiritual gangster, and all around super rad chick.
Robyn Stein DeLuca, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program in the department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University. Her research interests include feminist theory as applied to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Chelsea Del Rio is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Michigan, studying intersections of lesbian and feminist politics and identity in postwar America. This research is informed and fostered by over fifteen years of engaged feminist activism, during which time Chelsea coordinated grassroots projects such as clinic defense and guided statewide feminist efforts through her service as Vice President and then President of California National Organization for Women. Currently, Chelsea co-coordinates the Bridge Project which facilitates relationships between feminists of difference ages to encourage intergenerational dialogue.
Dana Densmore was key theoretician of what came to be called the women’s liberation movement. She was a founding member of the female liberation group that eventually took the name Cell 16, and a founding editor and publisher of the first theoretical journal of the second wave women’s movement, No More Fun & Games: a Journal of Female Liberation. She remained editor and publisher of that journal from 1968 through 1972. She was a faculty member of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, teaching in their great books program, and is a scholar of history of science, author of a major work on Isaac Newton.
Deborah Dinner is Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Department of History at Yale University. She is currently revising her dissertation, Pregnancy at Work: Sex Equality, Reproductive Liberty and the Workplace, 1964-1993, as a book manuscript.
Lisa Disch is Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She teaches contemporary political theory, specializing in democratic and feminist theory. She is the author of Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Philosophy (1994) and The Tyranny of the Two-Party System (2002) and has published articles recently in the APSR, Perspectives, and the European Journal of Political Thought.
Linda Dittmar is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Massachusetts—Boston, where she taught film and literature and was instrumental in curricular development, including the creation of a Women’s Studies Department. Her textbook (co-edited), Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism (1994), pioneered the inclusion of ‘diversities.’ Her signature course, “Women Film Directors” dates back to the early 1970s. She is a long-time member of the Radical Teacher editorial board and led the development of a caucus system for the Society for Cinema Studies (1988-94) that repositioned women and other groups within the organization.
Joan Ditzion is an original Co-Founder of The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Co-author of all 9 editions of Our Bodies Ourselves including the 40th Anniversary Edition (2011), Ourselves and Our Children (1978), and Our Bodies Ourselves, Menopause (2006). Originally an art educator, this project led and inspired Joan to become a social worker in 1985 since she always felt a synergy between the values of the social work profession and her personal/ feminist values. Since 1985 Joan has been a geriatric social worker dedicated to the issues of aging and older women and families, always combating sexism and ageism and fostering positive aging and intergenerational connection in her writing, clinical work, teaching, speaking, workshops and advocacy work. Joan lives in Cambridge, Mass. and has been married to her husband Bruce for 46 years. She has two married sons and three grandsons and was an active caregiver with her mother over the last 10 years of her life.
Leigh Dodson, Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies at UCSB, attended Vassar College (BA) and New York University, where she received her MA in American Studies. She currently is writing a dissertation on class practices, debt affect, and alternative economies. She was the graduate student participant in the Mellon funded, “Working at Living: The Social Relations of Preacarity.”
Paula Doress-Worters is a founding co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves beginning with the first workshop “Women and Control of Our Bodies” at the Female Liberation Conference in May, 1969, the subsequent research and discussions leading to the first OBOS courses, and the first newsprint edition in 1971. Paula contributed to all editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves up to and including Our Bodies Ourselves for the New Century in 1998 and co-authored Ourselves and Our Children (1978) and two editions of (The New) Ourselves Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power, 1987, 1994. Since 1998, Paula has been a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University where she researched and published Mistress of Herself: The Life and Work of Ernestine L. Rose, Early Women’s Rights Leader. (Feminist Press, 2008). After a happy second marriage, Paula is widowed. She is the mother of two, step-mother of two, and grandmother of five.
Ariel Dougherty, is an independent filmmaker, media teacher and activist. In 1969 she co-founded Women Make Movies out of city-wide WLM meetings in New York City, as a production arm of the movement. In1972, with Sheila Paige she transitioned WMM into a community based media teaching organization and distribution service, laying the foundation for one of the most self-sustaining organizations to emerge from the 2nd Wave. As development director at Women Studio Workshop for almost a decade she also curated their series “Women’s Work in Film & Video”. In 2008, she initiated Media Equity Collaborative to encourage greater support for all kinds of feminist media. She served as producer on Lynn Hershman’s Women Art Revolution (2010) bringing in a single $100,000 contribution. She has mentored many dozens of filmmakers, including Jennifer Lee during post-production of Feminist: Stories of Women’s Liberation (2012).
In 1972 Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman founded the nation’s first women’s self-help clinic in Los Angeles. Carol and Lorraine traveled the country to spread the idea of self-help, leaving in their wake a network of Feminist Women’s Health Centers from California to Florida. The L.A. FWHC provided the full range of services for women’s needs, including legal abortions, until it closed in 1984. Carol, an attorney specializing in civil law, has edited or co-authored numerous books and articles in the field of women’s health. Recipient of the 2013 Margaret Sanger Award from the Veteran Feminists of America, Carol organizes the website www.Womenshealthinwomenshands.org.
Hannah Dudley-Shotwell is a second-year Ph.D. student in the U.S. History Department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she is also pursuing a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. While completing her coursework, Hannah has been conducting preliminary research for her dissertation on the changing concept and practices of “self-help” in the women’s health movement from the 1970s to the present. She is the recipient of the Joseph Bryan Jr. Fellowship, 2012-2014.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, longtime social justice activist, and professor emeritus at California State University East Bay, where she taught for 30 years in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Author of twelve books, her memoir, Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975, tells of her early involvement in the Women’s Liberation Movement and co-founder of one of the first groups and an editor of the first journal of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Hester Eisenstein is a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She was caught up in the women’s movement from around 1970-71, and began teaching the first course at Barnard College on feminist theory in 1975. Her main form of activism was within the burgeoning Women’s Studies movement of that period, and as a “femocrat” in the Australian civil service. Her books include Contemporary Feminist Thought (1983); Gender Shock: Practicing Feminism on Two Continents (1996); and Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World (2009).
Karen Engle is Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law and Founder and Co-director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies and of Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international human rights law, and Latin American law, with a focus on the uses of international law by social movements. Engle is author of numerous articles and book chapters, as well as of The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy (Duke University Press, 2010), which received the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Human Rights. She is currently working on a book that traces the history of the women’s international human rights movement beginning in the 1970s. She received a Bellagio Residency Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009 and an assignment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Bogota in 2010.
Julie R. Enszer is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland in the Department of Women’s Studies. Her book manuscript is a history of lesbian-feminist publishing from 1969 until 1999.
Elizabeth Chloe Erdmann is co-director at the Ariadne Institute for Myth and Ritual in Greece, a practicing priestess of sacred mysteries and a member of Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Society. Her article “Nomadic Theology: Crossing the Lines of Traditions in Theology” is published in Testing the Boundaries: Self, Faith, Interpretation and Changing Trends in Religious Studies (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011) and her interview “From Scotland to the Aegean Sea: Diving Deep in Conversation with Carol P. Christ” is published in Goddess Thealogy, An International Journal for the Study of the Divine Feminine (Vol 1, No 1, December 2011). She holds an MTS from Boston University and an Honours BA in Religious Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She co-leads Goddess Pilgrimages in Crete with Dr. Christ every spring with women from around the world.
Dionne Espinoza, Ph.D. is Professor of Chicano Studies and Liberal Studies at the California State University, Los Angeles. She is also the coordinator and advisor of the Women’s and Gender Studies programs. Her published works center on Chicana activism, gender, and feminism in the Chicano movement. She is currently completing a book manuscript ¡Soy Chicana Primero! Mexican American Women Activists and Chicano Power that explores the complexities of intersectional identities in a movement based primarily on race. Her interests also include Third World feminisms, Latin American women’s movement and feminisms, and contemporary intersectional Third and Fourth Wave feminist activism around reproductive justice and sexualities.
Jeannette Alden Estruth is a third-year doctoral student in the History Department at New York University. An alumna of Vassar College and the Fulbright Program, her research interests center on social movements and the built environment in California cities in the last half of the twentieth century.
Sara M. Evans is a Regents Professor Emeritus in the history department at the University of Minnesota. Her books, Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left (1979) and Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century’s End (2003), are among the most widely read histories of the modern U.S. women’s movement.
Tess Ewing, was active in Bread and Roses and in the women’s takeover of a Harvard building that led to the founding of the Cambridge Women’s Center. She is retired from the UMass Boston Labor Extension Program and is currently active in various efforts to promote the rights of working women.
Judith Ezekiel, from the Université de Toulouse le Mirail, is currently Women’s Studies visiting professor at Wright State University. She has penned many articles on the women’s movement in France and the US, including her book Feminism in the Heartland (OSU Press, 2002), and on the “traffic in feminism” (special issue, European Journal of Women’s 9:3 ). She has been active in both countries’ women’s liberation movements and Women’s/Feminist Studies as well as in transnational organizing, co-founding the French, European and International WS associations. Ezekiel created Race et genre, the first French research group of feminists of color.
Breanne Fahs is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, where she specializes in studying women’s sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism. She has published widely in feminist, social science, and humanities journals and has published three books: Performing Sex (SUNY Press, 2011), The Moral Panics of Sexuality (Palgrave, 2013), and Valerie Solanas (Feminist Press, 2014). She also works as a private practice clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality, couples work, and trauma recovery. For more about her work, please see www.breannefahs.com.
Kristen Fallica is a Visiting Instructor in English/Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she recently earned her PhD. She is working on a book about the history of the feminist media organization Women Make Movies. In support of her research, she has received honors and awards from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the Northeast Modern Language Association, among other organizations. Her primary research and teaching interests include feminist media studies, documentary cinema, and film historiography, and her article on the formation of Women Make Movies appears in the spring 2013 volume of Camera Obscura.
Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime writer on feminist issues. She is the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, and, most recently, The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America. She has written for many publications, including the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
Sissy Farenthold became the first chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1973. A graduate of the University of Texas Law School, Farenthold served in the Texas Legislature from 1968 to 1972 and ran twice for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. At the 1972 Democratic National Convention, she came in second for the vice presidential nomination, which she sought largely at the behest of the NWPC. From 1976-1980, Farenthold served as the first female president of Wells College in Aurora, New York. Since 1980, Farenthold has been based in Houston Texas where she has practiced and taught law, and has devoted significant attention to international and domestic issues of human rights and social justice. She chaired the Peace Tent at the 1985 NGO Forum in Nairobi, held in conjunction with the third U.N. World Conference on Women. She is past Chair of the Board of the Rothko Chapel, former board member of the Institute for Policy Studies, and serves on the advisory board of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas Law School.
Marisa Figueiredo serves on the Leadership Committee of Redstockings and is also a member of NOW, her union at her job, and other organizations. She moved to the United States in 1978 from Brazil, and soon after she translated the Redstockings Manifesto and Redstockings Principles into Portuguese. She lives in the Boston area and works as a physician assistant.
Joey Fink is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the 2013-2014 McColl Fellow at the Center for the Study of the American South. Her dissertation, “The Many Norma Raes: Working-Class Women in the Struggle to Organize J.P. Stevens in the 1970s,” combines oral history and archival research to explore the connections between labor struggles, the women’s movement, and civil rights activism in the South in the 1970s. Joey has conducted interviews for the Southern Oral History Program’s “The Long Women’s Movement in the American South,” the third phase of the Long Civil Rights Movement Project.
Zinga A. Fraser is a Ph. D candidate at Northwestern University where she will earn her Ph.D. by September. She currently holds the Women’s and Gender Studies Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brooklyn College. Her work focuses on Black Women’s history, Twentieth Century African-American history and Black politics. Over the past eight years, she has examined the life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. In addition, Ms. Fraser’s work has been featured in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, PHILLIS: The Journal for Research and African American Women and the Association of Black Women Historians.
Demita Frazier was a founding member of the Combahee River Collective, a radical Black feminist organization that operated in New England, and specifically in Boston, from 1974 to 1981. Demita holds a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. She has had a thirty year career as a management consultant, focusing on issues of cultural competence, racial and gender equity, and confronting racism and gender bias in the workplace, for non- and for-profits, government agencies and academic institutions nationwide.
Janet Freedman, PhD is a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. She is the former Dean of Library Services and a Professor Emerita at UMass Dartmouth where she also served as Director of the Women’s Studies Program. Her book on consciousness-raising is forthcoming from McFarland &Co.
Irene Hanson Frieze has worked at the University of Pittsburgh since 1972. She was hired in Psychology and Women’s Studies to help develop the Women’s Studies Program. She came from UCLA in Los Angeles, where she received all her university degrees. She was active in the founding of the LA Women’s Center as a graduate student in the 1960s. Today, her major research areas are IPV (Intimate Partner Violence), psychological factors in migration, and a cross-cultural study of changing work, family, and gender attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe and the United States. She is the current editor of the journal, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.
Sally Gabb was born in New Jersey in 1944, but moved to Richmond, Virginia as a young child, going through elementary and high school in Richmond, and College in North Carolina. She attended undergraduate school at Duke University (political science and philosophy), but feels her real education came from participation in the civil rights movement in Durham. She subsequently went to grad school in NYC (Columbia Journalism 1966-67) and worked several years as a newspaper journalist, eventually moving to Atlanta for a writing fellowship where she began working with the radical weekly newspaper, The Great Speckled Bird (1969 – 1973). Since the 1970’s Sally has been an adult literacy specialist working with nonprofit agencies and currently Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. Sally came out in 1969 and is a founding mother of ALFA, the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance. She currently lives with Beth, her partner of 23 years, in Providence, RI.
Vicki Gabriner has had a varied life experience, much of it focused around political activism in the civil rights, anti-war, and feminist, lesbian/feminist movements. She taught for a year in the New York City public schools, cut sugar cane in Cuba as part of the Second Venceremos Brigade, came out as a feminist, moved to Atlanta, came out as a lesbian, and helped to found the Atlanta Lesbian/Feminist Alliance. In Boston, she was the Executive Director of Sojourner Feminist Institute, the nonoprofit publisher of Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, a feminist newspaper that sadly no longer exists. Gabriner married Rochelle Ruthchild, her partner of then 13 years when same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts in 2004. She completed her PhD in Women’s History, writing about the progressive activism of a group of Jewish women (including her mother), second-generation daughters of Eastern European immigrants, in Gabriner’s Brooklyn elementary school during the post-World-War-Two / McCarthy era of the mid-forties to late fifties.
Christine George is Research Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago focusing primarily on domestic violence and homelessness. She has also taught courses on women and social policy. Previously, she was both an elected leader and on the organizing and service staff of the American Federation of State, County Municipal Employees, the executive director of a women’s health agency, anti-war activist and a community organizer. She was a member of the Chicago’s Women’s Liberation. In addition, she has worked on sex education policy in the schools, maternal and child health issues and welfare rights. Most recently, she has volunteered with and advised Women Employed and the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Deborah A. Gerson, PhD, is a long term political activist and scholar of social movements. She joined the women’s liberation movement in 1968, and researched the Bay Area movement while at UC Berkeley (Ph.D. 1996). She holds an M.A. from Francisco State, where she wrote about a group of Communist women, “Is Family Devotion Now Subversive?”: Familialism Against McCarthyism.” Currently, Deborah is active in the anti-gentrification struggle in San Francisco, where she works with the Anti-Displacement Coalition to fight the increasing forces of real estate speculation and class power.
Carol Giardina began making referrals for then-illegal abortions from her college dormitory in 1963 and in 1968 was fired from her job for participating in the Miss America Pageant Protest as a member of Gainesville Women’s Liberation, the group she cofounded that same year with Judith Brown. Today she is on the leadership committee of Redstockings and active in National Women’s Liberation. She teaches U.S. History and Women’s Studies at Queens College in New York City, is active in her union, and recently published the book Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1953-1970.
Jennifer Gilley is a librarian at Penn State University and a researcher in the history of feminist publishing. She has presented on this topic at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, the International Conference on the Book, and the symposium “Sisterhood, Riot Grrrl, and the Next Wave: Feminist Generations/Generating Feminisms” at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in Women’s Studies.
Linda Gordon, PhD is a professor of history at NYU, teaching courses on gender, social movements, imperialism and the 20th-century US in general. She has won many prestigious awards, including Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Radcliffe Institute and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center fellowships. She is also the author of numerous award winning books including: Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: The History of Birth Control in America (Viking/Penguin, 1976), It was completely revised and re-published as The Moral Property of Women in 2002; Heroes of Their Own Lives; The History and Politics of Family Violence (Viking/Penguin, 1988) won the Joan Kelly prize of the American Historical Association. Her history of welfare, Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (Free Press, 1994), won the Berkshire Prize and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award; The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (Harvard University Press, 1999), the story of a vigilante action against Mexican-Americans, won the Bancroft prize for best book in American history and the Beveridge prize for best book on the history of the Western Hemisphere. Her biography of photographer Dorothea Lange (Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits) published by W.W.Norton in 2009, won many prizes: the Bancroft prize for best book in US history (making Gordon one of a very few ever to win this award twice).
Sandra Gotovac is a Ph.D. student in social psychology at the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, whose graduate research focuses on weight stigma and perceptions of dieting behaviour. She has strong personal interests in feminism, particularly violence against women, and participates in events such as Take Back the Night, and guerilla Pro-Choice activism.
Barbara Gottfried has been teaching courses on gender and literature, pop culture, tv, film, comedy, and now masculinities for Boston University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program since 1994. Her current work explores the influence of women’s greater presence in contemporary stand-up on men’s stand-up discourses.
Judith Grant is chair and professor of the Department of Political Science at Ohio University in Athens, OH. A political theorist and activist, she is the author of Fundamental Feminism (Routledge, 1993), and is finishing a book on structuralism and feminist theory and an edited collection on the politics of the animal/human relationship. She has published work on feminist theory, law and popular culture and animal rights.
Jane M. Grovijahn is an associate professor of Religious Studies, Theology and Women studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She delights in queer investigations into gender, sexuality and divinity. Her professional work centers around realities of embodiment, in all its manifestations.
Shahla Haeri is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and a former director of Women’s Studies Program (2001-2010) at Boston University. She is the author of No Shame for the Sun: Lives of Professional Pakistani women (2002); and Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage, Mut’a, in Iran (New Edition 2014). Haeri has won many awards and fellowships, including: Henderson Senior Research Fellowships in the Humanities at Boston University (2008-2009), the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School (2005-2006); the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University (1986-1987). Dr. Haeri is the producer and director of a video documentary (46 min.), Mrs. President: Women and Political Leadership in Iran, focusing on six women presidential contenders in Iran in 2001. (http://ffh.films.com/search.aspx?q=shahla+haeri. 2002).
Marilyn Halter is Professor of History and American Studies at Boston University where she is also a Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA). Her books include African and American: West Africans in Post-Civil Rights America (with Violet Showers Johnson); Shopping for Identity: The Marketing of Ethnicity;Between Race and Ethnicity: Cape Verdean American Immigrants, 1860-1965; The Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cape Verde (with Richard Lobban); and her edited collection New Migrants in the Marketplace: Boston’s Ethnic Entrepreneurs. Professor Halter is the Director of Graduate Studies in American Studies at BU, serves as co-editor of the “New England in the World” series at University of New Hampshire/UPNE Press and co-chairs the Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar in conjunction with the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Carol Hanisch is a founding member of New York Radical Women, she initiated that group’s protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant and wrote the widely distributed “The Personal Is Political” in 1969. She organized with Gainesville (Florida) Women’s Liberation from 1969-1973, then returned to New York as managing editor of the Redstockings book Feminist Revolution. She later founded and edited the periodical Meeting Ground. She continues to agitate for women’s liberation and other freedom struggles.
Carole Hart, is an award-winning television and film producer / writer. She began her career working with her partner and husband Bruce Hart as one of the original writers of Sesame Street, for which she won her first Emmy award. With Marlo Thomas, she coproduced the Free to Be…You and Me album in 1972 and was instrumental in turning it into a book and television special two years later. Her credits also include movies made for television (including Sooner or Later and Leap of Faith); an acclaimed NBC-series for adolescents, Hot Hero Sandwich; and a mixed-media documentary for the Lifetime Channel, Our Heroes, Ourselves. She recently produced and directed the feature documentary, For the Next 7 Generations, about a group of indigenous grandmothers—medicine women and shamans from around the world who are working to find a path to a sustainable planet. She lives in New York City.
Nancy Miriam Hawley has a contagious and inspiring commitment to living life fully. Lifetime activist, author and business coach, she led the first workshop at Emmanuel College in May, 1969 that initiated the work that became Our Bodies, Ourselves. As CEO of Enlignment, Inc, she partnered with her husband to publish You and Your Partner, Inc: Entrepreneurial Couples Succeeding in Business, Life and Love (2012). She has the privilege of coaching global women leaders in both the profit and social profit sectors. Miriam is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of four.
Astrid Henry is the author of Not My Mother’s Sister: Generational Conflict and Third-Wave Feminism (2004) and the forthcoming Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (W.W. Norton, 2014), co-written with Dorothy Sue Cobble and Linda Gordon. She is Louise R. Noun Chair in Women’s Studies at Grinnell College, where she teaches gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. She is working on a study of feminist subjectivity and historiography in memoirs by U.S. feminists since the 1970s.
Judith Lewis Herman, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance. She is the author of two books: Father-Daughter Incest (Harvard University Press, 1981) and Trauma and Recovery (Basic Books, 1992), and co-author of The Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners (Guilford, 2011).
Victoria Hesford is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University. Her areas of interest include gender, sexuality, queer and feminist theory, U.S. queer and feminist history and mass culture in the post second world war era, and critical theory. Her book, Feeling Women’s Liberation, which offers a critical history of the rhetorical production of women’s liberation, was published by Duke University Press in June 2013. She has published essays in Women’s Studies Quarterly and Feminist Theory, and is also co-editor with Lisa Diedrich of Feminist Time Against Nation Time: Gender, Politics, and the Nation-State in an Age of Permanent War (Lexington Books, 2008 and 2009).
Betty Luther Hillman received a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she specialized in 20th Century U.S. history and the history of women, gender, and sexuality. Her dissertation explored the politics of self-presentation in popular culture and social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. She is a faculty member in the history department at Phillips Exeter Academy, where she teaches various history classes and a senior elective on Women, Gender, and Society.
Patricia Hills is Professor of Art History at Boston University. She has written books, exhibition catalogues, and essays on both 19th– and 20th-Century American Art, including Eastman Johnson, Alice Neel, Stuart Davis, John Singer Sargent, May Stevens, Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the 20th Century, and Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Teaching of Art History award from the College Art Association.
Hollaback! is a global movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology. Launched in 2005, Hollaback! has expanded worldwide and now has iPhone and Droid apps that give victims a real-time response to street harassment, breaking the silence that has perpetuated street harassment internationally, and a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment. Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. Hollaback! Boston was launched in December 2011 and strives to fight street harassment in the Greater Boston area. It is led by Britni de la Cretaz and Kate Ziegler.
Diane Horwitz was a member of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, and served on the steering committee of the 1975 Socialist Feminist Conference in Ohio. She is a long-time education activist and teacher: as a volunteer at the CORE community center in Meridian, Mississippi in 1964, on the Lower East Side with Mobilization for Youth, Hamilton-Madison and Grand Street Settlements and with the Two Bridges Parent Program (part of the beginnings of the NYC community control of schools movement). She taught at a community college for 30 years, was active in the AFT, currently is an adjunct at the DePaul College of Education, and a supporter of the broad movement of teachers, parents and citizens to challenge the corporate control of education policy in Chicago.
Pernille Ipsen, PhD., is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Gender and Women’s Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. My research interests are in women’s history, gender, race, slavery and colonialism. My first book: Koko’s Daughters: Interracial Marriage in a Slave Trading Town in West Africa (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming) is about interracial marriage and the production of race as a category of difference in the slave trade in the eighteenth century. While writing that book I have simultanously been interviewing and collecting material for a collective biography from the Danish women’s movement in 1970s Copenhagen.
Tessa Jordan is a faculty member in the Communication Department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her current research on Branching Out (Canada’s first national feminist magazine published 1973-80) stems from her interest in the role of cultural production in social movements, periodical studies, and histories of Canadian feminism.
Sue Katz is an author, journalist, blogger, editor, and rebel who has lived and worked on several continents, first as a martial arts master, then travelling the world promoting transnational volunteering, and now teaching fitness to seniors and producing organizational newsletters. Read her edgy blog Consenting Adult at www.suekatz.typepad.com or “friend” her at Facebook.com/sue.katz. Author: Lillian’s Last Affair and other stories. She is an activist in the National Writers Union (UAW) and in the Middle East justice movement.
Amy Kesselman was a founding member of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union but left Chicago a year after its formation. She received her PhD in history with a minor field in women’s studies from Cornell University and has recently retired from the State University of New York at New Paltz where she taught Women’s Studies and Women’s History for thirty-one years. She is the author of Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver During World War II and Reconversion and co-editor of four editions of Women: Images and Realities, a Multicultural Anthology, with Lily McNair and Nancy Schniedewind. She is currently working on a book about feminist activism in New Haven, Connecticut 1969-1977.
Mary Elizabeth King is professor of peace and conflict studies for the University for Peace, an affiliate of the UN, and scholar-in-residence with the American University’s School of International Service, Center for Peacebuilding and Development, Washington, DC. She is Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, Britain. Her teaching specialties include (a) gender and peacebuilding, and (b) nonviolent civil resistance. King won a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award for Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, about her experiences working for four years at the heart of the U.S. struggle, at times alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation) in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. This was the defining experience of her life. Her other books include The New York Times on Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe (2009); A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance (2007) Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr: The Power of Nonviolent Action (1999, 2002). Forthcoming from Oxford University press is Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25Vykom Satyagraha and the Mechanisms of Change. In 2011, her alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University awarded her a doctor of laws (honorary) degree, she received a James M. Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement, and Aberystwyth University in Wales elected her a Fellow, its equivalent of the honorary degrees bestowed elsewhere. In 2009 King received the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. In 2003 in Mumbai she received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Prize, named for Gandhi’s silent financial backer. Her doctorate in international politics is from Aberystwyth University.
Mary Koss is a Regents’ Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona. In 1987 she published the first national study quantifying the existence and extent of acquaintance and date rape. In 2007 she lead a collaboration that revised the most frequently used survey to measure unwanted sexual experiences. Current work includes models for improved response to student sexual misconduct. She is a Board member of The Loft Cinema, a non-profit, Sundance-affiliated theater and film society. She also performs with the Arizona Repertory Singers.
Dorie Ladner grew up in Palmer’s Crossing, Mississippi. Aged 13 years, she became involved in the U.S. civil rights movement after learning about the August 28, 1955, murder of Emmitt Till; she was one year younger than he. Still an adolescent, she became involved in the NAACP Youth Chapter. Ladner was expelled from Jackson State University in 1961, for marching in solidarity with students at Tougaloo College who were attempting to integrate the public library. She enrolled in Tougaloo College to study history and political science but would move in and out of the classroom as she became more deeply involved in Mississippi civil rights campaigns. In 1961, she became engaged with the Freedom Riders in Jackson, among them Diana Nash, and was thus able to learn her first lessons in nonviolent action. In December 1962, she was arrested for attempting to integrate a Woolworth’s lunch counter. That same year, she joined with Robert Moses, Mississippi Project Director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and others from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and began working to register disenfranchised black voters and to end racially segregated public accommodations. She became one of the founding members of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) in Clarksdale, Mississippi, an umbrella group that included CORE, NAACP, SNCC, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In June 1963, she was arrested after leaving the funeral of Medgar Evers, field secretary of the NAACP, when she joined a march to the funeral home. An esteemed leader who was assassinated on June 12, 1963, she had met him while in the eighth grade and he became one of her strongest mentors. His murderer, Byron de la Beckwith, was not convicted until decades later, and then for violation of Evers’ civil rights. Ladner was the first woman to join the staff of the Jackson office of the confederated organizations. In 1964, having embraced the concept of recruiting nearly 1,000 volunteers from across the United States, she became a key organizer in the Mississippi Freedom Summer, sponsored by COFO. She worked for SNCC until 1966, guiding the voter registration campaigns of several counties and towns, including Canton, Hinds County, Indianola, Liberty, McComb, and Natchez. In Indianola, she accompanied Fannie Lou Hamer to register to vote at the courthouse. This resulted in Mrs Hamer being fired from her job as timekeeper on Milo Plantation that same day, although her husband was forced to remain working there, due to their indebtedness under the Reconstruction-era system of sharecropping. Ladner became the SNCC project director in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1965, while also lecturing at universities, churches, and other institutions to raise funds. In1965 in Natchez, she was arrested for distributing leaflets about a citizenship class that would teach local people about registering to vote. Ladner participated in every major civil rights march from 1963 to 1968, including the 1963 March on Washington, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and the 1968 Poor People’s March. She subsequently became an anti-war organizer, working in opposition to the Vietnam war. Becoming a community organizer for the Human Development Corporation anti-poverty program in St Louis, Missouri, she was an early advocate for civil rights in housing and employment. In 1969–70, Ladner worked to help collect documentation of history from participants in the civil rights movement; the papers would later be housed in the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. She worked in the 1968 presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy and that of George McGovern in 1972. In 1970, Ladner became a lay community social worker for the Southside Community Mental Health Center, Atlanta. In 1973, after marriage and the birth of her only child, Yodit, Ladner finally earned her BA degree from Tougaloo College. In 1974, having moved to Washington, DC, she enrolled in the Howard University School of Social Work, where in 1975 she earned her master’s degree. For four years Ladner was a clinical social worker in the emergency room of the Washington’s DC General Hospital. For the next 28 years, as part of her duties in level 1 trauma for the hospital’s emergency room, she worked with and counseled sexually assaulted victims, both male and female. After DC General Hospital closed in 2000, she went to work for the District of Columbia’s mental health program, working with patients who had multiple diagnoses of mental illness, including comorbid substance drug abuse. She became a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Since her retirement, she has continued her organizing as a social and political activist against U.S. wars of aggression and been actively engaged in mobilization for a just U.S. policy in the Middle East. She participates in genealogical research, public speaking, anti-war activities (including against the war in Iraq), and volunteered in the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. In retirement, she is a Licensed Graduate Social worker.
Pnina Lahav is Professor of Law and Law Alumni Scholar at Boston University. She teaches constitutional law and first amendment law. She has written extensively on issues related to the legal status of Israeli women and presently is writing a biography of “Golda Meir: Through the Gender Lens.”
Eve-Marie Lampron is currently a lecturer in feminist studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has recently received her Ph.D. in History from the Université de Montréal. Her thesis focused on literary women’s networking in France and Italy in late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Her research interests also include nineteenth-century feminisms in Europe, as well as contemporary radical feminist thought in Quebec.
Choonib Lee is a Doctoral Candidate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her dissertation explores women and violence in the Black Panther Party, Weather Underground Organization and radical feminist groups, in order to historicize them in the discourse of the Civil Rights, New Left and Women’s Liberation Movements in the 1960 and 1970s. She focuses particularly on women’s self-presentation in the movements and its relationships to the media and state, especially the FBI. She presented her paper “Fashioning Political Subjectivity: African American Women in the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s and 1970s” for the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in New York on February 25, 2012.
Jennifer Lee is a documentary filmmaker who has worked in feature films since 1987. She has blended her interest in women’s history with her filmmaking. She has held the title of producer, editor, visual effects compositor and documentary filmmaker. She began her career at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic – the heart of visual effects compositing. Her credits there included, HOOK, GHOST, and BACK TO THE FUTURE. After six years she moved to Los Angeles to finish her first documentary film MARY JANE COLTER: THE DESERT VIEW, narrated by Ellen Burstyn. This film was an official selection at many film festivals including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It received a Bronze Apple Award from the National Educational Media Network.
Kristin Lems founded the National Women’s Music Festival, now in its 37th year, in 1974, and worked on its organizing committee for 5 years. The Festival brought many feminist musicians to a national audience for the first time and raised many social and political issues both from the stage and in the program design. Kristin actively performed her feminist repertoire as a musician regionally and nationally in the 70’s and 80’s, helping with movement-building of the feminist movement. Her original songs such as “Mammary Glands,” “Days of the Theocracy,” “Talkin Gender Neutral Blues,” “How Nice,” “the First Five Minutes of Life” and “We Will Never Give Up,” became widely known and helped shaped thinking about marriage equality, separation of church and state, women’s reproductive rights, language and power, and other issues. Gloria Steinem called Kristin “proof that the women’s movement has a sense of humor” and Ellen Willis from the New Yorker called her “a charmer in the most literal and least artificial sense of the word.” She has released 5 CDs on her own label, Carolsdatter Productions, named for her mother, pianist Carol Lems-Dworkin. She has artist websites at kristinlems.com and on Facebook.
Tobe Levin, for her Cornell Ph.D., examined the decisive influence of fiction by Verena Stefan, Elfriede Jelinek and Margot Schroeder on the emerging German Women’s Movement in the 1970s and produced the first dissertation on Nobel Laureate in Literature 2004 Elfriede Jelinek. In France and Germany in the 1970s she was involved in the embryonic movements against female genital mutilation (la mutilation sexuelle féminine), both impacted by American Fran Hosken. An author and translator, Levin is a professor at UMUC – Europe; adjunct at the University of Frankfurt; Associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University; and in 2009 became CEO of UnCUT/VOICES Press dedicated to bringing out books on FGM. www.uncutvoices.wordpress.com
Lisa Levenstein is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (UNC Press, 2009), which was co-winner of the Kenneth Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association and received an Honorable Mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians. Levenstein has published award-winning articles in Feminist Studies and the Journal of Women’s History and recently co-authored, “The Big Tent of U.S. Women’s and Gender History: A State of the Field,” Journal of American History (December 2012). She has a forthcoming article on the displaced homemakers campaign of the 1970s in the Journal of American History and has received several grants to support her current book project on U.S. feminism and the Beijing Women’s Conference of 1995.
Megan Lieff is an independent researcher focusing on narratives of sexual assault from within the BDSM community. She is also sexual health educator and anti-violence advocate, with experience as a rape-crisis counselor, peer-educator, anti-street harassment organizer, and leader of sexual-education discussion groups for teens. Last fall*, she published an article on anti-rape activism in the BDSM community for Bitch Magazine. She can be visited at her newly launched website, snarksy.com
Kera Lovell is a second-year PhD student in American Studies at Purdue University, with an emphasis in twentieth-century US history and gender studies. She earned a Masters in American Studies at Purdue University in 2011 and her Bachelors in History at Agnes Scott College in 2009. Kera researches the relationship between the objectivity of corporeality and the subjectivity of identity in the counterculture.
Laura L. Lovett, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and co-editor, When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made (UNC Press, 2012). Laura Lovett holds a doctorate in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on the history of women and the history of childhood and youth in the U.S. during the 20th century. She is the author of Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family in the U.S., 1890-1938 (2007) as well as many scholarly articles. She has served as a consultant on several documentary films and is a founding editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.
Jodie N. Mader is an assistant professor of history at Thomas More College in northern Kentucky. Her scholarly interests are in the fields of Modern Europe, World, and Women’s History.
Deborah Mahlstedt, Ph.D. is a professor in the Psychology Department and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Program at West Chester University, PA. Her academic and research interests include the psychology of social change, a feminist action-research project and peer-education dating violence prevention program for college men, and conceptions of feminist process.
Sara Mameni is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation considers Iran-US artistic and cultural exchange in the 1960s and 1970s.
Jane Mansbridge is the Adams Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy, editor of Beyond Self-Interest, coeditor with Susan Moller Okin of Feminism, coeditor with Aldon Morris of Oppositional Consciousness, and author of the award-winning Why We Lost the ERA. She has recently authored work on descriptive political representation (“Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent ‘Yes’,” Journal of Politics), democratic deliberation, and everyday activism in social movements. She is working on a study entitled Everyday Feminism, based on interviews in the early 1990s with low-income ;women. In Boston in the late 1960s Mansbridge was a member of the organization Bread and Roses and of the Our Bodies, Our Selves collective (as a co-author of the first “Sexuality” chapter). She has remained active on women’s issues. She is past President of the Women’s Caucus for Political Science and past President of the American Political Science Association.
Artemis March, PhD, MBA, is an independent, interdisciplinary but sociologically grounded, feminist theorist. Active in several grassroots feminist groups during the 1970s, she became the primary framer, conceptualizer, and writer of the radically groundbreaking article, “Woman-Identified Woman.” By continuing to interrogate WIW and where it led while at the Radcliffe Institute and in her doctoral work, she developed a socio-historical framework for understanding the control of female sexuality in Western societies over several millennia. The even bigger Story she was after required an Inanna-like journey to break out of the Frame in which modern and postmodern stories are locked. Multiple breakthroughs led to her creating an entirely new mode of thought that enables us to see the real, rather than apparent, formation and organization of gendered social worlds. The first volume is due out in the fall of 2014 and its companion volume in 2015.
Lori J. Marso teaches political theory at Union College in Schenectady NY. She is the author of Feminist Thinkers and the Demands of Femininity (2006) and (Un)Manly Citizens (1999), and the co-editor of Simone de Beauvoir’s Political Thinking (2006), and W Stands for Women: How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics of Gender (2007). She is also the author of several articles in journals such as Political Theory, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Gender, New Political Science, Theory and Event, and others. Marso is currently writing a manuscript titled “Beyond The Second Sex: Thinking Politically with Simone de Beauvoir.”
Serena Mayeri is Professor of Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her scholarship focuses on the historical impact of progressive and conservative social movements on legal and constitutional change. Her history of feminist legal advocacy in the 1960s and 1970s, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2011) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. She is currently at work on a new project, tentatively titled, The Status of Marriage: Marital Supremacy Challenged and Remade, 1960-2000, which investigates challenges to the legal primacy of marriage. Mayeri is also the author of several law review articles, as well as book chapters in collections including Civil Rights Stories, Women and the Law Stories, and Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy. She has taught courses in women’s legal history, the law and history of marriage, social movements and the law in American history, employment discrimination law, and family law. Prior to coming to Penn in 2006, she was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in legal history at the New York University School of Law, and served as a law clerk to Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. An alumna of Harvard/Radcliffe College, she earned a J.D. and a Ph.D. in History from Yale. Her dissertation received the Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians and Yale’s George Washington Eggleston Prize.
Linda C. McClain is Professor of Law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar, Boston University School of Law. She is known for her work in family law, gender and law, and feminist legal theory. Her scholarship addresses the respective roles of families, other institutions of civil society and of government in fostering citizens’ capacities for democratic and personal self-government. She has offered a reconstructive liberal feminist approach to such matters as family, marriage, and reproductive issues. Her work also addresses sex equality as a legal and constitutional commitment and public value and societal tensions over equality and its relationship to other values. In Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press, 2013 (co-authored with James E. Fleming), she develops and defends a civic and constitutional liberalism that takes responsibilities and virtues – as well as rights – seriously. Her book The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility (Harvard, 2006) offers a liberal and feminist perspective on the relationship between family life and the polity and on a number of contested issues of family law and policy. She is co-editor of two interdisciplinary books, What Is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family (NYU Press, 2013), and Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback, 2012). Since Fall 2010, she has been a Faculty Fellow at the BU School of Theology.
Maureen C. McHugh, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in gender and in diversity. Since her first Psychology of Women course in 1976, she has taught more than 3500 women. She has also published in the area of feminist methods, violence against women, sexuality, gender differences, older women, and fat prejudice. Maureen McHugh is active in Division 35 (Psychology of Women) of APA and AWP. Dr. McHugh was awarded the Christine Ladd Franklin Award, for her contributions to feminist psychology, and the Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, for feminist mentoring, from AWP.
Linda Garcia Merchant created Voces Primeras in 2006, a film production company with a focus on educational films about pioneering Latinas. As an independent filmmaker, Garcia Merchant has produced six documentary films and one award winning narrative short. At present she has four short performance art films in production for a 2013 release and is also the Technical Director of the Chicana Por Mi Raza Oral History Project and the Somos Latinas Oral History Project. She is a member of the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (Women Active in Letters and Social Change), American Studies Association, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, and the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LBTQ) Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Sarah Merriman is an alumna of Boston University’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, as well as of the leadership at the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism. One of her proudest accomplishments is counting herself among the legacy of student activists who fought, and won, the battle for a gender-based violence prevention and response center at BU. These days, Sarah is working towards becoming a veterinarian, and incorporates her feminist lens into her writing on animal welfare and the veterinary career path, a living testament to the fact that the marriage of intersectional academic and activist feminism has a place in every corner of our lives.
Ruth “Rhea” Mojica Hammer, the first Mexican American woman in Illinois to run for the U.S. Congress, is an activist and former Chicago television executive. In 1972, Mojica Hammer was an independent candidate for the 7th Congressional District. Although she didn’t win, four years later she managed the successful campaign of the first Latina elected to public office in Illinois. Mojica Hammer is a founding member of the National Latino Media Coalition, the Mexican American Business and Professional Women’s Club of Chicago and the Mexican American Political Organization of Illinois. President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the commission for the National Women’s Conference, part of the International Women’s Year celebration, which was held in Houston in 1977. From 1973-1977, she was the first vice-chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus. She appears in “Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana,” a documentary about five Chicana feminists who were members the National Women’s Political Caucus.
Mary Elizabeth Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Theology and Education, Boston University. Her passion is to journey with others to cultivate deeper faith and a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. She feels privileged to work toward those ends with her colleagues in the profession and in Boston University, especially in the practices of knowing the Holy, building justice, resisting violence, and caring for the earth. Her most recent books include: Teaching as a Sacramental Act, Ministering with the Earth, and Teaching from the Heart, plus three edited volumes, Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World, Practical Theology and Hermeneutics, and A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery of the Wesleyan Heritage. Mary Elizabeth is married to Allen, and they have five wonderful children and eight fabulous grandchildren.
Elizabeth More teaches in the History and Literature and Women, Gender, and Sexuality programs at Harvard University. She is currently working on a book on the history of feminism, social science, and working mothers in the modern U.S.
Claire Goldberg Moses is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland and Editorial Director Emerita of the journal Feminist Studies. Professor Moses’s first book French Feminism in the 19th Century (1984) won the American Historical Association’s Prize for that year’s best book in women’s history. She has also published Feminism, Socialism, and French Romanticism (1993); and U.S. Women in Struggle (1995). Her international feminist activities include being one of the founders of the Worldwide Organization of Women’s Studies, the Feminist Journals Network, and the International Consortium for Graduate Education in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Premilla Nadasen is an associate professor of history at Barnard College. She is author of several books on women’s activism, including Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge 2005). She is currently writing a book on the history of domestic worker organizing.
Zoë Newman, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, York University. Her research and teaching investigate places where constructions of gender, race, and sexuality shape each other and meet up with ideas about citizenship, neoliberalism, and public space. She is doing ongoing work on public celebrations and the ambivalent meanings of spectacle.
Christine Noschese is a feminist filmmaker and former Director of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women. She is Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at Hofstra University, and director of many films, including Metropolitan Avenue, which showcases working-class women’s activism and which aired on PBS’ Point of View series.
Judy Norris has been active at the Cambridge Women’s Center from its beginning and has been the primary administrator of the Center for much of its existence. Her responsibilities include fundraising, maintenance and repairs, and all kinds of other work that keeps the Center functioning. She will identify the key factors in keeping the Center functioning through its 43 years of existence.
Kelly O’Donnell is a PhD Candidate in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. Her dissertation is a biography of journalist Barbara Seaman, exploring the history of second-wave feminism and health activism.
Jocelyn Olcott is an Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico (Duke University Press, 2005) and co-editor of Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Postrevolutionary Mexico (Duke University Press, 2006) as well as the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is currently completing a book entitled “The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History”: the 1975 International Women’s Year Conference and the Challenges of Transnational Feminism (Oxford University Press, under contract).
Geneviève Pagé is a professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research focuses on the travelings of feminist political theory across movements in the United States, France, and Canada. More broadly, she in interested in the development of theory through social activism and the use of theory by social movements.
Judith Ann Parker, Ph.D.,is a Professor of English and Linguistics in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication; and affiliate faculty of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Mary Washington. Her academic interests and scholarship include psycholinguistics, narrative, and women’s studies, and the co-edited book Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics. Her current research focuses on conceptions of feminist process.
Robin K. Payne is an Assistant Professor of History at Fairmont State University. She received her doctoral degree in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Her main field of research is twentieth century American history, with an emphasis on feminism and gender, social/protest movements, and popular culture. She is currently revising her dissertation, entitled “Love and Liberation: Second-Wave Feminisms and the Social and Cultural Meanings of Romantic Love,” for publication.
Sarah F. Pearlman was selected by the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (APA) as the recipient of the 2011 Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution. She taught for many years in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford, is now Associate Professor Emeritus, and lives in Boston.
Mary Phillips is an assistant professor in the African and African American Studies Department at Lehman College, City University of New York. She completed her Ph.D in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. Her research interests include 20th century African American history, Black Power Studies, Black Feminism, and Black Women’s Studies. Her dissertation examined the leadership of Ericka Huggins and Elaine Brown in the Black Panther Party.
Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone to Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women, and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; eighteen volumes of poetry including The Hunger Moon and The Moon is Always Female, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in some of the major progressive battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women’s movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.PM Press is bringing out her first collection of short stories in April, The Cost of Lunch, Etc.
Jane Pincus is a co-founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, and worked for forty years as writer and editor of most of the editions of ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves.’ She has been dedicated to maternity care reform (and revolution), and has been reviewing childbirth books for Birth, a journal describing a wide range of perinatal issues. She lives in Vermont, with her husband of 53 years. They live close by to their daughter, son, daughter-in law and three grandchildren. Jane is an artist and an editor.
Clare Ploucha is a candidate in the MA/PhD program in American and New England Studies at Boston University. Her research interests include American women’s intellectual and cultural history, material culture, and the intersection of political movements with education and popular culture.
Andrew Pope is a third year graduate student in the History Department at Harvard University. He graduated as a double major in history and African & African American Studies from the University of Rochester. His current research is focused on the intersections of Black Power, welfare rights, radical feminist, and gay liberation movements in the South after 1965. He previously worked as a housing and tenants’ rights organizer in Rochester, NY.
Lana Dee Povitz is a doctoral candidate at New York University where she is working on a dissertation about the history of food activism in New York City, 1960s-1980s.
Christopher M. Ramsey is a doctoral candidate in history at Loyola University Chicago. His primary research interest is postwar urban history in the United States, with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, and gender. His dissertation, “Forgetting How to Hate: The Evolution of White Responses to Integration in Chicago, 1945-1987,” explores how the influence of the civil rights and feminist movement on white neighborhood organizations challenged the longstanding practice of utilizing racial violence as a way to enforce residential segregation on the city’s South Side.
Julia Reichert is a three time Academy Award nominee for the films Union Maids (1977) Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists (1984) and The Last Truck, Closing of a GM Plant (2010). Her first film GROWING UP FEMALE (1970) was the first feature documentary of the modern Women’s Movement, and in 2012 was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Julia’s film A LION IN THE HOUSE (2006) (made with Steve Bognar) holds the record for the longest film ever selected for the Sundance Film Festival. It screened in primetime on national PBS and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. Her film THE LAST TRUCK screened on HBO. Her 2012 film SPARKLE won the Audience Award at both the SilverDocs Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival. Julia is is regarded as a godmother of the American independent film movement. She is the proud co-founder of New Day Films, a national film distribution co-op, owned by its members. She is author of “Doing It Yourself,” the first book on self-distribution in independent film. Reichert has mentored dozens of filmmakers over three decades, lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, among many others, is a Fulbright Fellow, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and is a professor emerita of film production at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Best of all she is a mom and a grandma.
Amanda Ricci is a doctoral candidate at McGill University where she is completing a dissertation addressing questions of race, ethnicity and language within Quebec’s women’s liberation movement, 1967-1977.
Susan Smith Richardson is a research fellow at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law, where she directs the Frances T. “Sissy” Farenthold Archives Project. A journalist for 25 years, Richardson has written extensively about social justice and human rights issues, with a focus on giving voice to marginalized communities and individuals. In 2002 she received a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, where she studied the relationship between globalization and gentrification and the evolution of U.S. anti-poverty policies. In the late 1970s, before becoming a journalist, Richardson was an organizer with the African Liberation Support Committee, which worked to build political links and material support between the liberation movements of people of African descent in the U.S. and Africa. She also worked with grassroots organizations across the South and rank-and-file trade union movements throughout the Texas Gulf Coast.
Christine Riddiough was active in the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union from 1970 until it disbanded in 1977. She was a part of the Lesbian Group as well as a staff person and member of the CWLU Planning Committee. She later worked for the National Organization for Women, the Gay and Lesbian Democrats and other political organizations. She currently teaches computer programming and statistics at the SAS Institute which sells software used by a variety of public agencies. She is currently working on a book about the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union 1969-1977.
Susie Rivo is the director and producer of “Left on Pearl: Women Take over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.” She is a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Institute, Brandeis University and a recipient of a 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Video Finalist grant. She holds an MFA in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University. Her award-winning short film “AMY” screened at many film festivals, including Sundance and Women in the Director’s Chair, and was broadcast by PBS stations and on Czech television.
Amanda Robinson is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her graduate research focuses on addictive behaviours. She has strong personal interests in feminism, particularly violence against women, and participates in events such as Take Back the Night, and guerilla Pro-Choice activism.
Suzanna M. Rose, Ph.D., is Founding Dean for the School of Integrated Science & Humanity and Professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies at Florida International University, Miami. She previously served Director of Women’s Studies at FIU and at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Rose has published extensively on issues related to women and gender, including professional networks, career development, leadership, and personal relationships. Dr. Rose received the Cheryl Ladd Franklin Award for contributions to feminist psychology from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP), served as National Coordinator and Board Member of AWP and as Executive Committee member for the Society for the Psychology of Women/Division 35 of the American Psychological Association, and currently is on several journal editorial boards.
Robyn L. Rosen has taught at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY since 1994, where she regularly teaches History of American Feminism, U.S. Women’s History, and Introduction to Women’s Studies. Her research has focused on the history of the birth control movement in the early twentieth century. She is the author of Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights: Reformers and the Politics of Maternal Welfare, 1917-1940 (Ohio State University Press, 2003). Her current research project seeks to understand how the explosive politics of the 1970s influenced the family planning movement. Ultimately, she is convinced that the current reproductive freedom movement can benefit from a clearer understanding of its own political history.
Ruth Rosen is professor emerita of history at U.C. Davis, former columnist at the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle, and the author of “The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America.”
Vivian Rothstein was a founder of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, one of the first feminist organizations of the 1970’s. Vivian was CWLU’s first staff member, coordinated its representative decision-making body, and helped establish the organization’s Liberation School for Women. Vivian’s activist career started with the Mississippi Freedom Summer project in 1965 and was followed by community organizing in Chicago to build “an interracial movement of the poor.” For the past 14 years Vivian has been with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), an advocacy organization working to lift standards for workers in the region’s major low wage industries. Vivian serves as a Board member of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, CLUE.
Lori Rotskoff, Ph.D. is a Cultural historian and co-editor of When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made (UNC Press, 2012). She teaches classes for adults at the Barnard Center for Research on Women in New York City, where she has been affiliated since 2005. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from Yale University. Her previous book, Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War I America was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association in 2002. Her book reviews have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Reviews in American History, the Women’s Review of Books, and other publications. She lives in Larchmont, New York with her husband and two sons.
Poet and Scholar Rose Marie Roybal served as assistant to Fernando C. de Baca, Special Assistant to President Gerald Ford for Hispanic Affairs. In the first White House Office of Hispanic Affairs of the early 1970s, she helped blaze a trail for females and Hispanics. In 1976 Roybal served as the SW Regional Conference Coordinator for the President’s IWY Commission. Her career includes positions with SER Jobs For Progress, Colorado Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder (D), the National Board of the YWCA, Congressional Committee on Indian Affairs, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Colorado Urban League and the LA Urban Coalition. She was a US Dept. of HUD Graduate Fellow at UCLA, represented UCLA at the Symposium on the Study of the Presidency, and a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian.
A contributing editor to La Luz Magazine, she chronicled the lives of little known Hispanics. She is most known for the iconic feminist work, ‘I looked up one day’. Roybal published and co-edited the Bibliography on the Chicana/ Bibliografia de la Chicana published in 1973. In 1977 she was elected First Vice chairperson of the National Women’s Political Caucus.
Roybal is a graduate of Colorado State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Colorado), has a Masters degree in Educational Technology and continues to teach elementary education in the Los Angeles area.
Catherine Russo is an independent filmmaker based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She has made a number of documentaries chronicling the AIDS crisis, the housing crisis in Provincetown and “A Moment in Her Story,” among others.
Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild is Professor Emerita of Graduate Studies, The Union Institute and University, Research Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Institute, Brandeis University. She is the author of articles and reviews about feminism and women’s history, and most recently, of Equality and Revolution: Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010) and a member of the producers collective (The 888 Women’s History Project) for the film “Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge.” She was an early member of the Women’s Center Core Committee.
Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups, and “The Bridge Poem,” which first appeared in, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color. She was a member of The New Words Book Store Collective for 10 years and contributed to numerous Boston-area Women’s Movement projects including the Bessie Smith Memorial Collective and ” I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections Across Differences” honoring Audre Lorde. She produced radio programs through Boston Women’s Community Radio; and produced and hosted the Women’s Talk Show on WRBB-Boston. Kate worked as Artist-In-Residence/poet-in-the-schools for many years, including three years at South Boston High School. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University. She has taught poetry writing workshops and courses in African American Literature and Black Women Writers at MIT, Boston University and Wesleyan University, where she was Visiting Writer and Director of The Center for African American Studies. Her work has appeared in Callaloo and Stone Canoe and she has received fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and The Cave Canem Foundation. She is the recipient of The Grolier Poetry Prize and a Dry Longso Award from Community Change, Inc. Her recent research and writing highlights the perspectives of women artists, with a particular focus on African American Women artists. Her manuscript, “Camden Sweet, Lawnside Blues: The South Jersey Poems,” is shaped by her experiences growing up in an African American, working-class community with roots in The Underground Railroad.
Marilyn P. Safir, was a founder of the New Feminist Movement in Israel,’70; a founder & Director (’83-’93), University of Haifa WS Program; a founder & first President of the Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies; a founder of the Israel Women’s Network (’84). She was Director of the National Commission on the Advancement for the Status of Women ’86-’91. Safir founded and Chaired the 1st Women’s Worlds Congress in Haifa in 1981.
Roberta Salper, resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, and author of one of the early women’s liberation anthologies, Female Liberation: History and Current Politics (Alfred Knopf, 1972) has recently published two articles in Feminist Studies, “U.S. Government Surveillance and the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-1973: A Case Study,” (Fall 2008) and “San Diego State 1970: The Initial Year of the Nation’s First Women’s Studies Program,” (Fall 2011). She has published gender studies of early-twentieth-century Spanish and Cuban literature as well as numerous articles about the beginning of women’s studies. Her forthcoming political memoir Domestic Subversive covers the years 1960-1976.
Roxanne Samer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her dissertation, Receiving Feminisms: Toward a Media Archaeology of Lesbian Possibility, offers a queer historiography of 1970s feminisms that explores how lesbians, feminists, and lesbian feminists were pursuing the imagination of radical sexism-free futures through the creation and development of cultural “receiving” practices and communities. In doing so, it upends queer myths of a monolithic and normalizing gay and lesbian movement past and claims cross-temporal relations between lesbian feminism and queerness to be a potentiality for the future itself. Roxanne has published essays in the media studies journal Jump Cut and the edited collection Futures of Feminism and Fandom: The WisCon Chronicles Volume 6.
Wendy Sanford, a founding member of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, has co-authored and edited the many versions of Our Bodies, Ourselves over a period of forty years (including 2011 edition), focusing especially on women’s sexuality, body image, and women loving women. She edited and co-authored Ourselves and Our Children (a book for parents), and contributed to Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens and Young Adults on Sexuality and Relationships. After receiving a degree in Applied Theology from Harvard Divinity School, she served as Protestant Campus Minister at Suffolk University, in Boston, from 1984 – 1992. In 2003 she earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Wendy is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quakers), and grandmother to three girls. She and Polly Attwood, her partner of 33 years, live in Cambridge, MA.
Kathie Sarachild, a founding member of New York Radical Women, was a contributor (under the name Kathie Amatniek) to its 1968 publication, Notes from the First Year, as well as Notes from the Second Year. She was one of 4 women to hang the “Women’s Liberation” banner inside Convention Hall at the 1968 Miss America Protest, and as a founding member of Redstockings in 1969, was chosen (by lot!) to lead off the group’s first public action, a disruption of a panel on abortion reform consisting of 14 men and a token woman, a nun, shouting out “Let’s hear from the real experts on abortion–women”. She’s currently a member of National Women’s Liberation, NOW, the NAACP, her AFL-CIO local, and works as a volunteer and paid advisor, for Redstockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement, www.redstockings.org.
Lauren Savit is an M.A./M.S. candidate in the dual degree Communications Management & Gender/Cultural Studies program at Simmons College. Her research interests include the history of feminist movements in the United States, and the intersection between feminism, women, and their depictions in the media and popular culture.
Gina Scaramella, LICSW
Executive Director, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Gina Scaramella began working at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) as a volunteer hotline counselor in 1989. Today, she is BARCC’s executive director, overseeing the activities of Massachusetts’ largest and oldest provider of services for sexual assault survivors, advocacy efforts and public education programs for the community.
Among Gina’s proudest accomplishments as Executive Director are BARCC’s standard-setting work with survivors and families, the agency’s partnerships with other programs and organizations, and the role BARCC plays as a social change agent in the community through ensuring that survivor needs are translated into advocacy, program, prevention and policy efforts. She has worked nationally as an expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is a member of a statewide team – EMPOWER – tasked with formulating Massachusetts’ approach to preventing sexual violence. In 2008 she developed a first-in-the-nation campaign with the MBTA to address sexual harassment on public transit. She also spearheaded a statewide collaboration for a website rescource and advocacy service to address the forensic questions survivors face www.surviverape.org in Massachusetts. Under her leadership BARCC earned a National Crime Victim Service Award in 2009 from the US Department of Justice. In 2010, Gina was honored to receive the Downing Award for Victim Advocacy from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance for her leadership in Massachusetts and the SANE Spirit award for her longstanding commitment and advocacy on behalf of the program.
Gina earned her Masters of Clinical Social Work from Boston University.
Kathy Scarbrough was a college student in the mid-1970s and met Carol Hanisch and Kathie Sarachild when, as chair of her college’s Women’s Caucus, she invited them to speak on campus. Kathy was active in a local Women’s Liberation group, was a member of Redstockings in the 1980s and became an associate editor of Carol Hanisch’s Meeting Ground in the 1990s. She is currently the webmaster for Carol’s web site, participates in the Occupy movement and continues to fight for women’s liberation. She is also a scientist, with a B.A. degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in physiology with specialization in the female reproductive cycle.
Elizabeth M. Schneider is the Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and has also been Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools. Professor Schneider teaches and writes in the fields of gender law, domestic violence and federal civil litigation. She is the author of Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking (Yale University Press 2000), which won the 2000 Association of American Publishers Professional-Scholarly Publishing Award in Law, co-editor of Women and the Law Stories (Foundation Press, (2011) (with Stephanie M. Wildman), and co-author of the law school casebook Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2013) (with Cheryl Hanna, Emily J. Sack and Judith G. Greenberg). She lectures widely in the United States and abroad on issues of gender and law and domestic violence, and was a consultant for the Secretary-General’s In-Depth Study of All Forms of Violence Against Women, presented to the United Nations General Assembly in 2006. Professor Schneider graduated from Bryn Mawr College cum laude with Honors in Political Science, was a Leverhulme Fellow at the London School of Economics where she received an M.Sc. in Political Sociology, and has a J.D. from New York University Law School, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. She clerked for the late United States District Judge Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York.
Sarah Seidman is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of the U.S. and the Cold War at New York University. She received her PhD in American Studies from Brown University. Her work explores the convergences between African Americans and the Cuban Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, and has recently appeared in the Journal of Transnational American Studies.
Deborah Silverstein, has been performing in the Boston are and nationally since 1973. Beginning with New Harmony Sisterhood Band, her lyrics and melodies have addressed love, life and social and environmental justice on through a solo career, a ten year stint with (the recently reconvened) 4-woman a capella band, Taproot, and most recently, in an an acoustic duo with guitarist, Eric Wells. You can hear many of her songs on the recordings she made with these groups.
William Simmons is an A.B. Candidate in History of Art and Architecture and LGBTQ Studies at Harvard University. His recent work includes interviews with Judy Chicago, the Guerrilla Girls, Kate Millett, and Lynn Hershman Leeson, as well as “DESIRE” for the exhibition “Jimmy DeSana: Party Picks” at Salon 94 Bowery, New York. While at the University of Cambridge, Simmons researched the life and work of the little-known artist Elisabeth Vellacott and published a profile of her career with the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation.
Judith E. Smith is Professor of American Studies and Director of the MA Program in American Studies, at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She is the author of the following published or soon to be published works: Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical, under contract to University of Texas Press; Visions of Belonging: Family Stories, Popular Culture, and Postwar Democracy 1940-1960 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004); “Civil Rights, Labor, and Sexual Politics on Screen in Nothing But a Man (1964), forthcoming in Black Camera ( 3:2 , Spring 2012),Judy Holliday’s Urban Working Girl Characters in 1950s Hollywood Film,” in A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America ed. Hasia Diner, Shira Kohn, and Rachel Kranson (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010).“Talking Back to Hollywood: Ordinary Love Stories on Film, 1946-1964,” in Understanding Love Through Philosophy, Film and Fiction ed. by Susan Wolf and Christopher Grau (Oxford University press, forthcoming). She has been a consultant for the following Documentary Film Projects: Humanities scholar/advisor for the Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, a 90 minute film, supported by an NEH development grant, 2007-9; Humanities scholar/advisor for Left on Pearl, partially funded by MassHumanities; Advisor/consultant for Brownsville: Black and White (2001), a 90 minute documentary on race and urban development by Richard Broadman; Humanities scholar/advisor for Still Ain’t Satisfied, The Boston Women’s History Film Project, a 90 minute color documentary video on the history of the Women’s Movement in Boston, partially funded by the MassHumanities and the Cambridge Women’s Commission.
Maya Montañez Smukler is a doctoral candidate in the Cinema and Media Studies Department at UCLA where she is completing her dissertation Liberating Hollywood: Women Directors of the 1970s. She has been on the faculty of the New School University’s Media and Film Studies Department since 2002.
Daphne Spain is James M. Page Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Her books include Gendered Spaces (UNC Press, 1992) and How Women Saved the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Her newest project, Constructive Feminism: Building Women’s Rights into the City (Cornell University Press, forthcoming), examines the ways Second Wave feminists in Boston and Los Angeles established women’s centers, bookstores, clinics, and domestic violence shelters to declare women’s rights to the city.
Robyn C. Spencer currently works as an Assistant Professor of US History at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY. She has completed a book manuscript on gender and organizational politics in the History of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, CA forthcoming from Duke University Press and is starting a new project on Black liberation politics and the movement against the Vietnam war.
Ellen Sweet worked for the Women’s Action Alliance in the 1970s and was a senior writer and editor at Ms. Magazine from 1980-1988. Following that, she held various executive positions in nonprofit communications and policy for more than 20 years, at Physicians for Reproductive Health, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and the Vera Institute of Justice. She has a BA from Smith College and an MAT from Yale University. She is currently a Board member of Girls Write Now, a New York City nonprofit that pairs aspiring high school writers from underserved communities with professional writers as mentors.
Leonore Tiefer, PhD, author, educator, researcher, therapist and activist has specialized in many areas of sexuality. She began with a Psychology PhD on hormones and hamsters (University of California, 1969) and an academic position and animal laboratory (Colorado State University, 1969-1977). Responding to the call of feminist politics and the world of sexology for people, she later respecialized in clinical psychology (New York University, 1988) with a focus on sex and gender problems, and ultimately became a sex therapist and international anti-medicalization activist, http://sellingsickness.com. Dr. Tiefer is a long time member of the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP). She has served in leadership positions and wrote The History of AWP, Volume I (1969-1991) and Volume II (1991-2008). http://www.awpsych.org/index.php/about-awp/herstory.
Annie Tummino is a leader in National Women’s Liberation, (NWL), a volunteer with the Redstockings Women’s Liberation Archives for Action, and a member of the National Organization for Women (NOW). One of the Morning After Pill Nine— Annie was arrested in a sit-in at the Food and Drug Association and is the lead plaintiff in Tummino v. Hamburg, the lawsuit that made the morning after pill available for women and girls of all ages. Annie works as an archivist in New York City and is the mother of a one year old.
Katherine Turk is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her first book, Equality on Trial: Sex and Gender at Work in the Age of Title VII, is forthcoming in the Politics and Culture in Modern America Series of the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Patricia Ulbrich, Ph.D., is visiting scholar in women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh. For more than three decades, Dr. Ulbrich’s research has focused on women’s studies and women’s issues, including how individuals’ race, class and gender shape their life chances, the history of the women’s movement and its impact as a catalyst for change. Since coming to Pittsburgh, she has co-founded The Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania and is Director of In Sisterhood: the Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh.
Simone Wallace, Adele Wallace, and Gahan Kelley opened Sisterhood Bookstore in Los Angeles in 1972. For 27 years it was the place where feminists gathered, while living in or visiting L.A., to get the latest information about events and resources for the women’s and lesbian communities. The bookstore sponsored readings by hundreds of unknown and established feminist authors in addition to selling books, periodicals, and tickets to music festivals. Simone was active with the Westside Women’s Center and the Westside Women’s Clinic during her years at Sisterhood. She continues to be involved with feminist and lesbian causes in L.A.
Kathi Weeks is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. Her primary interests are in the fields of political theory, feminist theory, Marxist thought, labor studies, and utopian studies. She is the author of Constituting Feminist Subjects (Cornell UP, 1998) and The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries (Duke UP, 2011), and a co-editor of The Jameson Reader (Blackwell).
Naomi Weisstein, Professor Emerita, Psychology/Neuroscience, SUNY Buffalo has worked on the frontiers of two revolutions, Cognitive Neuroscience and Women’s Liberation. Cognitive Neuroscience. Guggenheim Fellow, elected Fellow of Association for Psychological Science, and American Association for Advancement of Science. Journal publications include: Vision Research, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, Perception and Psychophysics, IJCAI-79, Science (including the pathbreaking “Neural Symbolic Activity.” Women’s Liberation. “Kirche, Kuche, Kinder as Scientific Law: Psychology Constructs the Female” (1968), reprinted around the world in various languages 40+ times. Other publications and record pressings include, “’How Can a Little Girl Like You Teach a Whole Big Class of Men?’ The Chairman said”; Feminist Memoir Project, Feminist Studies, Rain and Thunder, Contemporaries: Twenty-Eight New American Poets, Sister, Women: A Journal of Lberation, and Ms. Magazine (with Virigina Blaisdell) Co-founded Association for the Psychology of Women (1970), now Division 35 of American Psychological Association. Co-founded Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (1970) and was organizer and keyboardist of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band: CD: “Papa Don’t Lay that Shit on Me,” Rounder Records (2005) (remastered from “Mountain Moving Day”: The Chicago and New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Bands, Rounder Records (1972). Currently: bedridden with Myalgiic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome; works on a memoir of her life as feminist and scientist in a misogynist world.
Jessica Wilkerson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she is completing her dissertation “Where Movements Meet: Women’s Activism in the Appalachian South, 1965-1980.” She has worked on oral history and public history projects that document women’s activism in the South and Appalachia. She is a recipient of the AAUW American Fellowship, 2013-2014.
Barbara Winslow is a Professor in the Secondary Education Department (SEED) at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is also an Affiliate Faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. In addition she is the founder and Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism, 1945 to the Present. Her publications include Sylvia Pankhurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activism, Clio in the Classroom: A Guide to Teaching US Women’s History (co-edited and authored with Carol Berkin and Margaret Crocco), ‘This is Fighting Shirley Chisholm: Feminism and the Struggle for Equality. (Westview Press forthcoming fall 2013.) A founding member of both Seattle Radical Women and Women’s Liberation Seattle, her activism included Union W.A.G.E (Women’s Alliance to Gain Equality), CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women) Reproductive Rights National Network, and continues to this day.
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University. She also co-edits Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. She is the author of Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity (California 2005) and Radicals on the Road: Third World Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism (Cornell 2013). She is working on a political biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color congressional representative and the co-sponsor of Title IX.
Laura X, (who took that name in 1969 to symbolize her rejection of men’s legal ownership of women and our history being anonymous because it was stolen from us), is a veteran of the women’s, peace, civil rights, Free Speech, educational reform, anti-war, anti-nuke, anti-Semitism and homophobia, Farm Workers, Native American, ecology, disability rights, environmental health, and healthy home movements. A native of St. Louis, MO, Laura X was educated at Vassar College, Bank Street College of Education, U of Puerto Rico, U of Vera Cruz, NYU and Gerde’s Folk City, and graduated from UC-Berkeley, and was a Headstart teacher in the Bronx and El Barrio, while being a CORE picket captain in Brooklyn where she lived, and later, kindergarten teacher in Berkeley and is now a curator of her collections at U of Missouri St Louis, while living in Berkeley and commuting. In 1968 she began gathering materials about women protesting oppression by men in Left and liberal organizations, which grew into the International Women’s History Archive, the central archive of the movement, which archive volunteers soon catalogued and published on microfilm, and is now in 450 libraries in 14 countries, nearly 1,000,000 documents now available through the National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org).There were many other “firsts” from the overall project, the Women’s History Library — The anthology “Masculine/Feminine” in 1969 with all the great manifestos, “The Women’s Songbook”, “Female Artists Past and Present”, “Films by/and/or about Women Internationally, Past and Present”, “Bibliography on Rape” and “Women and Religion bibliography.” In 1978, Laura X founded and directed the research and campaigns of the National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape after leading the successful campaign to criminalize marital rape in California in 1979, and she served as a consultant coordinator to campaigns that in 1993 successfully eradicated exemptions from prosecution for marital, date and cohabitation rape in the remaining 44 other states (there were 4 before California).
Janet Yassen helped create the field of advocacy and treatment for victims and survivors of violence. Yassen moved to Boston in 1972 after graduating from Temple University. With a history of activism in the antiwar movement, the civil rights movement, and the women’s movement, she went to the Cambridge Women’s Center upon her arrival in Boston, seeking a way to get involved in the community. The Rape Crisis Center group was just beginning to meet, and as Yassen wanted to help create something from the bottom up, she joined them. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center opened in 1973, and Yassen has remained involved in this group since its founding. She and her co-activists in the anti-rape movement created the models for clinical practice, support groups, and social policy on the issue of rape and violence against women. She is a licensed social worker. She will speak about the development of the Rape Crisis Center, the first rape crisis center in the U.S., from its early days at the Women’s Center to the free standing and successful organization it is today.
Leandra Zarnow is Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. In 2010 she received her doctorate in United States History with an emphasis in Feminist Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined the history department at Stanford University from 2011-2013 as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow, and held a research postdoctoral fellowship with the Tamiment Library of New York University in 2010. Her first book, American Maverick: Bella Abzug and the Promise and Peril of the U.S. Left, will be published by Harvard University Press, and articles have appeared in No Permanent Waves and Breaking the Wave, as well as Law and Social Inquiry, Feminist Formations, and the Journal of Policy History.
Kate Ziegler is co-founder and co-director of Hollaback! Boston. Her background in International Affairs and Anthropology fuels her belief that addressing root causes – such as the pervasive belief that catcalling is a socially acceptable, non-threatening behavior – is a crucial step in helping everyone feel safer on our streets. Kate is an Operations Professional by day, Designer by night, and Rider of Bicycles in Stilettos.
Mary Ziegler is an assistant professor of law at Florida State University College of Law. Her book project, The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, is under contract with Harvard University Press. The book explores the stakes of social-movement responses to Roe v. Wade in the decade after the decision. Her articles have appeared, among other places, in the Law and History Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.