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Feminist Scholar To Speak At Clarkson About Influence Of Iroquois Women On Early Women's Rights Movement

Sally Roesch Wagner, a nationally acclaimed scholar in women's history, will present a lecture on how the women of the Iroquois Confederacy influenced the fight for women's rights in the United States on Monday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Barben Room B in Clarkson University’s Cheel Campus Center.

Based on her book, Sisters in Spirit: The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists, Wagner will explore how the empowered Iroquois women of northern New York transformed the thinking of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage who became the prime activists for the political, social and personal rights of American women.

Wagner is the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and a leading scholar on Gage and the women's suffrage movement.

She was one of the first women to receive a doctorate for work in women's studies at the University of California - Santa Cruz in 1978.  A women's studies professor for 34 years at California State University, Sacramento, and the 1997 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University, Wagner is the author of numerous books and articles on women's issues, including the 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 was the historian in the PBS special "One Woman, One Vote."

This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities program.
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