Plenary Session: Amidst and Against a Patriarchy: Women as History-Makers, Advocates, and Defenders of Rights
These are surely trying times in the United States: for the field of history, writ large, but especially for teachers of women’s and gender studies and for the many hurt by patriarchy. Teaching about systems of repression and racism are lumped together with gender, identity, sexism, and sexuality under punitive and medieval restrictions. Violence against women and girls escalates, as does the still stripping of bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom with the fall of Roe v. Wade. Even in the scant six-percent of non-male public monuments across the nation, mermaids and Joan of Arc outnumber real U.S. women.
Our charge in this year’s conference—to devote ourselves to serving communities—brings into sharp relief the experiences of historically harmed communities. This year’s plenary focuses on the long and ongoing activism of women that has cast light against the long shadow of the patriarchy and related forms of oppression and on the historians who research, document, teach, share, and even live this work. OAH President Anthea M. Hartig will bring together civil rights activists, advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women, historians documenting the long history of domestic and food systems labor, and the many fighting on the front lines of social and reproductive justice in a conversation that will traverse the shared landscapes of advocacy, outreach, giving voice, and defending women’s rights, bodies, and histories.
CC - this session is CART Captioned
- Anthea Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
- Leona Tate, Leona Tate Foundation for Change, TEP Center
- Diana Sierra Becerra, University of Massachusetts
- Sarah Adams-Cornell, Matriarch
- Shirley Ann Higuchi, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation