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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Lara Vapnek

Lara VapnekLara Vapnek teaches at St. John's University and specializes in the history of gender and labor in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. Her book, Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920 (2009), examines how female wage earners pursued equality by claiming new identities as citizens and as workers. Vapnek is working on two new projects: a short biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890–1964), a labor organizer and free speech advocate; and a study of wet-nursing in New York City from the 1840s through the 1920s.