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Friday April 17, 12:20 pm - 1:50 pm 

Women in the Historical Profession Luncheon
Cost: $50
Sponsored by OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession; Business History Conference; Coordinating Council for Women in History; Creighton University, Henry W. Casper, S.J. Professorship in History, Department of History; Duke University, Department of African and African-American Studies; Paul Harvey, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Indiana State University, Department of History; Indiana University, Department of History; Iowa State University, Department of History; Nebraska Wesleyan University, History Department; Northwestern University, Department of African American Studies; Northwestern University, Department of History; Purdue University, Department of History; Saint Louis University, Department of History; Constance Schulz; Shippensburg University, Department of History and Philosophy; Southern Association for Women Historians; Penn State University, Department of History; The University of Alabama, Department of History; The University of Texas at Austin, Department of History; The Western Association of Women Historians; University of Arkansas, Department of History; University of Delaware, Department of History; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History Department; University of Kentucky, History Department; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of History; University of Memphis, Department of History; University of Michigan, Department of History; University of Minnesota, Department of American Studies; University of Mississippi, Department of History; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of History; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History; University of Notre Dame, History Department; University of Oklahoma, History Department; University of Southern California, Department of History; University of Tennessee, History Department; Vanderbilt University, Department of History; Jeannie Whayne, Department of History, University of Arkansas
Jeanette Jones: Single Mother, Carlisle Daughter
Special Guest: Brenda J. Child, University of Minnesota, Department of American Studies
Brenda J. Child is the author of Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community (2012) and Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900–1940 (1998); a coauthor of Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879–2000 (2000); and a coeditor of Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education (2014). A member of the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, she is also part of a research group that developed the digital Ojibwe People's Dictionary, which debuted in 2012. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota, where she is a citizen.
Through the generosity of the listed sponsors, the members of the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession are able to offer free luncheon tickets to graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a free ticket, preregister for the conference, then send an email, with a copy of your registration confirmation, to womenslunch@oah.org before March 15. The complimentary ticket will be added to your registration by our staff, and you will receive a revised registration confirmation.

Saturday, April 18 - 12:20 - 1:50 pm 

Women and Social Movements Luncheon
Sponsored by Women and Social Movements in the United States (http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/) and Alexander Street Press
Internationalizing U.S. Women's History on the Women and Social Movements Websites
This luncheon is complimentary but seating is limited. Contact tdublin@binghamton.edu to reserve your seat. Please note, you must be registered for the Annual Meeting to attend this luncheon.


Thursday, April 16

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Writing Biography beyond the Taboos: African American Women's Lives as the Point of Departure for Our Intellectual Work
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Women in the Historical Profession
Chair: Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin College
• Yevette Richards, George Mason University
• Barbara Winslow, Brooklyn College
• Joseph Fitzgerald, Cabrini College
The historiography of the long civil rights movement is challenged in productive ways when African American women's lives serve as the point of departure for our intellectual work. For this roundtable, the biographers of Fannie Lou Hamer, Maida Springer, Shirley Chisholm, and Gloria Richardson explore the value of biographical
work; the scarcity of archival information on African American women's lives; the ways these stories help us better understand our civil rights and feminist pasts; and the shifts in focus as we move from what we might consider one generation of African American women's biographies to the next.

Internationalizing U.S. History through Women and Social Movements, International, 1870s–2010
Endorsed by the OAH Committee for Women in the Historical Profession
Chair: Thomas Dublin, Binghampton University SUNY
Commentator: Lisa Materson, University of California, Davis
The Long History of the International Anti-Sex Trafficking Movement
Jessica Pliley, Texas State University
American Women in the International Suffrage Movement, 1904–1945
Katherine Marino, The Ohio State University
African American Women's Internationalism and the Campaign to Free Angela Davis, 1930s–1970s
Dayo Gore, University of California, San Diego
American Women and Women's Human Rights in the Critical Decade of the 1990s
Karen Garner, Empire State College SUNY

Friday, April 17

9:00 am - 10:30 am 

Women Behaving "Badly": Pushing the Boundaries of African American Respectability in 20th-Century America
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Women in the Historical Profession
La Shonda Mims, Towson University
Rhonda Y. Williams, Case Western Reserve University
Transforming the Hilltop: Lucy Diggs Slowe and New Negro Womanhood at Howard University, 1900–1935
Treva Lindsey, The Ohio State University
Bennett Belles in Jail: Willa Player and Black College Activism
Crystal R. Sanders, Penn State University
"No More Prison for Our Children": A Death Row Marriage
Katherine Mellen Charron, North Carolina State University

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm 

Politicizing Taboos: The Suffrage Campaign, Urban Space, and the Realignment of Gender Roles in the Early Twentieth Century
Sponsored by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE)
Susan Goodier, Hamilton College
Maureen Flanagan, Illinois Institute of Technology
When Women Occupy Wall Street
Amy Shore, State University of New York at Oswego
"They Will Not be Shut Out": Suffragists' Mobilization of "Dangerous" Spaces in Gotham
Lauren Santangelo, New-York Historical Society/The New School
Fashioning the Public Sphere: Suffrage Fashions and the Transformation of the Political Landscape
Einav Rabinovtich-Fox, New York University

The Politics of and in Women's History in the Era of the Early Republic
Sponsored by Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR)
Chair: Carol Lasser, Oberlin College
• Patricia Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara
• Lori Ginzberg, Penn State University
• Jennifer L. Morgan, New York University
• Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, University of California, Davis

Carrol Smith-Rosenberg's "Female World of Love and Ritual": Forty Years Later
Sponsored by OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories
Chair: Mary Frances Berry, University of Pennsylvania
The Woman-Loving Mulatta and the Promises of Liberal Universalism: The Political Implications of Sexual Transgression
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, University of Michigan
Rituals of Re-Reading: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Women's History
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University
The Female Academic's World of Love and Ritual: Women's History and Radical Feminism
Claire Potter, The New School for Public Engagement
Sex, Signs, and Sensibility: Feminist Institutionalization and Its Discontent
Suzanna Walters, Northeastern University

Challenges of Indigenous Women's and Gender History
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Women in the Historical Profession
Chair: Amy Locklear Hertel, American Indian Center
• Jacki Rand, University of Iowa
• Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, University at Buffalo SUNY
• Beth Piatote, University of California, Berkeley
• Malinda Lowery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Saturday, April 18

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice: Rethinking Labor and Working-Class History
Endorsed by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)
Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University
Premilla Nadasen, Barnard College
Reevaluating the 1930s Labor Movement through the Lens of Black Working-Class Feminism
Jenny Carson, Ryerson University
We Rebel: Black Women, Worker Theater, and Wartime Experiments in Interracial Unionism
Keona Ervin, University of Missouri–Columbia
Gendered (In)Justice: Feminism, Labor, and the Movement for Imprisoned Women's Rights in North Carolina
Amanda Hughett, Duke University

10:50 am - 12:20 pm 

Female Convicts, Female Delinquents, and the Struggle for Identity
Mara L. Dodge, Westfield State University
"Be careful all the time how you dress and how you talk": Delinquent Girls and Group Identity, 1914–1924
Lee S. Polansky, Independent Scholar
"In my lonesome sell to night": 19th Century Female Inmates' Efforts to Protect Their Identities
Erica Rhodes Hayden, Trevecca Nazarene University
Chasing a Greased Pig: Black Female Convicts' Struggle against Sexual Exploitation in the Texas Prison
Theresa Jach, Houston Community College–NW

Sunday, April 19

9:00 am - 10:30 am 

Religious and Reproductive Politics in the United States since WWII
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Women in the Historical Profession
Sara Dubow, Williams College
Sara Dubow, Williams College; Rebecca Davis, University of Delaware
God Bless the Pill? Religion, Oral Contraception, and American Sexuality, 1960–1980
Samira Mehta, American Council of Learned Societies/Museum of Jewish Heritage
Jewish Women's Organizations and the Politics of Reproduction, 1970–1992
Rachel Kranson, University of Pittsburgh
Reproductive Rights, Faith, and the Clergy Consultation Service, 1967–1973
Gillian Frank, Princeton University