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Two To Speak At Clarkson On Status Of Iroquois Women And Influence On Early Women's Rights Movement

Sally Roesch Wagner, a nationally acclaimed scholar in women’s history and Jeanne Shenandoah, a member of the Onondaga Nation Eel Clan, will host a conversation on the status of Iroquois women and their influence on the early women’s rights movement at Clarkson University on Wednesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. in CAMP Building Room 176.

The speakers will examine the ways traditional Native American women’s roles shaped and influenced the women’s suffrage movement. Shenandoah will begin with an overview of responsibilities and duties performed by Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women and the balance between men and women’s roles. She will also talk about the rights Iroquois women held long before non-native people came to this country,

Wagner will continue with a look at what suffragists knew about the status of Indian women, far superior to their own, and how the model influenced their work for women’s rights in religion, government, business and the home.

Wagner is the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and a leading scholar on Gage and the women’s suffrage movement. She is the author of Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists and is editor of the Modern Reader’s edition of Gage’s 1893 classic, Women, Church and State. She appeared in the PBS documentary “Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,” and also advised Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, then first lady, during Celebrate ’98.

Jeanne Shenandoah, a traditional home birth midwife for nearly 25 years, works at the Onondaga Nation Communications Office and serves on the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force and is vice president of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.

The lecture is free and open to the public with a book signing to follow. For more information, contact Randy Lamson at 315-268-6680 or at
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