Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History:
American Women as Agents of Change
This class is now fully enrolled. Pleae call 202 349-1195 or send an email to email@example.com to be put on the waitlist.
Four Wednesdays, May 2, May 16, May 30, June 6, 1-3 p.m.
$100 ($80 members)
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Elisabeth Griffith
Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings
The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins…by Kirstin Downey
Or any biography approved by the instructor.
From the culture clash between indigenous people and European settlers and the political upheavals of the American Revolution and Jacksonian democracy, to women’s rights, birth control, Progressivism, suffrage, civil rights, all the way to the Equal Rights Amendment and Title IX, we will survey four centuries of American women’s history in this class. This is a narrative of social change and of change agents such as Sojourner Truth, Jane Addams, Margaret Sanger, Mary Church Terrell, Martha Griffiths and Gloria Steinem. The chronology of the course will be the backdrop for the biographies we read.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Elisabeth Griffith, PhD, loves to teach women’s history because it is populated by a diverse array of gutsy women who fought to secure the equal rights we now take for granted. Praised by both the New York Times (“one of 15 best books of the year”) and the Wall Street Journal (“one of five best books on women’s history”), her biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, In Her Own Right inspired Ken Burn’s documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone.” Recently retired as Headmistress of The Madeira School, Betsy is working on a history of the Equal Rights Amendment.