Women's History

 A large group of young women lifting hand weights together

Happy Girls Club, Fall River, Massachusetts, 1916. Photo by Lewis W. Hine, National Child Labor Committee Collection. Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, a speakers bureau devoted to American history, features more than 150 historians who study and speak on American women's experiences.

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Catherine Allgor

Catherine Allgor
Massachusetts Historical Society

Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler
Brandeis University

Gabriela F. Arredondo

Gabriela F. Arredondo
University of California, Santa Cruz

Jean Baker

Jean Baker
Goucher College

Mia Bay

Mia Bay
University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Benton-Cohen

Katherine Benton-Cohen
Georgetown University

Daina Ramey Berry

Daina Ramey Berry
University of Texas at Austin
 Has Video Presentation

Keisha N. Blain

Keisha N. Blain
University of Pittsburgh

Eileen Boris

Eileen Boris
University of California, Santa Barbara

Charlene M. Boyer Lewis

Charlene M. Boyer Lewis
Kalamazoo College

Anne M. Boylan

Anne M. Boylan
University of Delaware (Emeritus)

Barry Bradford

Barry Bradford
Independent historian

Ann D. Braude

Ann D. Braude
Harvard University

Catherine A. Brekus

Catherine A. Brekus
Harvard University

Jennifer Brier

Jennifer Brier
University of Illinois at Chicago

Kathleen M. Brown

Kathleen M. Brown
University of Pennsylvania

Victoria Bissell Brown

Victoria Bissell Brown
Grinnell College (Emeritus)

Susan Burch

Susan Burch
Middlebury College

Cathleen D. Cahill

Cathleen D. Cahill
Penn State University

Joan E. Cashin

Joan E. Cashin
Ohio State University

William H. Chafe

William H. Chafe
Duke University (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Catherine Ceniza Choy

Catherine Ceniza Choy
University of California, Berkeley

Dorothy Sue Cobble

Dorothy Sue Cobble
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Bettye Collier-Thomas

Bettye Collier-Thomas
Temple University

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Blanche Wiesen Cook
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Deirdre Cooper Owens

Deirdre Cooper Owens
Queens College, City University of New York

Nancy F. Cott

Nancy F. Cott
Harvard University

Karen L. Cox

Karen L. Cox
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Margaret S. Creighton

Margaret S. Creighton
Bates College

Adrienne D. Davis

Adrienne D. Davis
Washington University

Cornelia H. Dayton

Cornelia H. Dayton
University of Connecticut

Catherine Denial

Catherine Denial
Knox College

Sarah Deutsch

Sarah Deutsch
Duke University

Tracey Deutsch

Tracey Deutsch
University of Minnesota

Rachel Devlin

Rachel Devlin
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Hasia Diner

Hasia Diner
New York University

Lynn Dumenil

Lynn Dumenil
Occidental College (Emeritus)

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Rutgers University
 Has Video Presentation

Kathleen DuVal

Kathleen DuVal
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 Has Video Presentation

Carolyn Eastman

Carolyn Eastman
Virginia Commonwealth University

Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. Edwards
Duke University

Nan Enstad

Nan Enstad
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Candace Falk

Candace Falk
Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley

Crystal N. Feimster

Crystal N. Feimster
Yale University

Ruth Feldstein

Ruth Feldstein
Rutgers University-Newark

Sharla M. Fett

Sharla M. Fett
Occidental College

Jill Fields

Jill Fields
California State University, Fresno

Catherine Forslund

Catherine Forslund
Rockford University
 Has Video Presentation

Matt Garcia

Matt Garcia
Dartmouth College

Edith B. Gelles

Edith B. Gelles
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University

Judith Giesberg

Judith Giesberg
Villanova University

Tiffany M. Gill

Tiffany M. Gill
University of Delaware

Lori D. Ginzberg

Lori D. Ginzberg
Penn State University

Susan A. Glenn

Susan A. Glenn
University of Washington

Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph
Duke University

Susan Goodier

Susan Goodier *
SUNY Oneonta

Lesley J. Gordon

Lesley J. Gordon
University of Alabama
 Has Video Presentation

Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon
New York University

Laurie Green

Laurie Green
University of Texas at Austin

Amy S. Greenberg

Amy S. Greenberg
Penn State University

R. Marie Griffith

R. Marie Griffith
Washington University

Ariela J. Gross

Ariela J. Gross
University of Southern California

Kali Nicole Gross

Kali Nicole Gross
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Gayle Gullett

Gayle Gullett
Arizona State University (Emeritus)

Melanie Gustafson

Melanie Gustafson
University of Vermont

Gerald Lee Gutek

Gerald Lee Gutek
Loyola University Chicago (Emeritus)

Lisbeth Haas

Lisbeth Haas
University of California, Santa Cruz

Jacquelyn D. Hall

Jacquelyn D. Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Emeritus)

Kimberly A. Hamlin

Kimberly A. Hamlin *
Miami University

Sharon Harley

Sharon Harley
University of Maryland, College Park

LaShawn Harris

LaShawn Harris *
Michigan State University

Ellen Hartigan-O

Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor
University of California, Davis

Susan M. Hartmann

Susan M. Hartmann
Ohio State University (Emeritus)

Nancy A. Hewitt

Nancy A. Hewitt
Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Allyson Hobbs

Allyson Hobbs
Stanford University

Joan Hoff

Joan Hoff
Montana State University, Bozeman

Jane H. Hunter

Jane H. Hunter
Lewis and Clark College

Heather A. Huyck

Heather A. Huyck
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (Emeritus)

Margaret Jacobs

Margaret Jacobs
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
 Has Video Presentation

Caroline E. Janney

Caroline E. Janney
University of Virginia
 Has Video Presentation

Emily Suzanne Johnson

Emily Suzanne Johnson *
Ball State University

Susan Lee Johnson

Susan Lee Johnson
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline Jones
University of Texas at Austin

Mary Kelley

Mary Kelley
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Kathi Kern

Kathi Kern
University of Kentucky

Cynthia A. Kierner

Cynthia A. Kierner
George Mason University

Wilma King

Wilma King
University of Missouri-Columbia (Emeritus)

Jennifer Lisa Klein

Jennifer Lisa Klein
Yale University

Wendy Kline

Wendy Kline
Purdue University

Sarah Knott

Sarah Knott *
Indiana University

Barbara Krauthamer

Barbara Krauthamer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
 Has Video Presentation

Elizabeth D. Leonard

Elizabeth D. Leonard
Colby College
 Has Video Presentation

Laura L. Lovett

Laura L. Lovett
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Karen Lystra

Karen Lystra
California State University, Fullerton
 Has Audio Presentation

Jen Manion

Jen Manion
Amherst College

Lisa G. Materson

Lisa G. Materson
University of California, Davis

Elaine Tyler May

Elaine Tyler May
University of Minnesota

Serena Mayeri

Serena Mayeri
University of Pennsylvania

Stephanie McCurry

Stephanie McCurry
Columbia University
 Has Audio Presentation

Micki McElya

Micki McElya
University of Connecticut

Laura McEnaney

Laura McEnaney
Whittier College

Danielle L. McGuire

Danielle L. McGuire
Independent Scholar
 Has Video Presentation

Carol L. McKibben

Carol L. McKibben
Stanford University

Joanne Meyerowitz

Joanne Meyerowitz
Yale University

Tiya Alicia Miles

Tiya Alicia Miles
Harvard University

Marla R. Miller

Marla R. Miller
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jennifer Mittelstadt

Jennifer Mittelstadt
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Barbara Molony

Barbara Molony
Santa Clara University

Maria E. Montoya

Maria E. Montoya
New York University and New York University Shanghai

Jennifer L. Morgan

Jennifer L. Morgan
New York University

Premilla Nadasen

Premilla Nadasen
Barnard College, Columbia University

Michelle Nickerson

Michelle Nickerson
Loyola University, Chicago

Lisa Norling

Lisa Norling
University of Minnesota

Susan Eva O

Susan Eva O'Donovan
University of Memphis

Annelise Orleck

Annelise Orleck
Dartmouth College

Paula Petrik

Paula Petrik
George Mason University (Emeritus)

Rebecca Jo Plant

Rebecca Jo Plant
University of California, San Diego

Claire Bond Potter

Claire Bond Potter
The New School

Jacki Thompson Rand

Jacki Thompson Rand
University of Iowa

Sherie M. Randolph

Sherie M. Randolph
Georgia Institute of Technology

Leslie J. Reagan

Leslie J. Reagan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yevette Richards

Yevette Richards
George Mason University

Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur
Harvard University

Naomi Rogers

Naomi Rogers
Yale University

Vicki L. Ruiz

Vicki L. Ruiz
University of California, Irvine (Emeritus)

Andrea Sachs

Andrea Sachs
St. Paul Academy and Summit School

Beryl E. Satter

Beryl E. Satter
Rutgers University-Newark

Jennifer Scanlon

Jennifer Scanlon
Bowdoin College

Virginia Scharff

Virginia Scharff
University of New Mexico

Patricia Schechter

Patricia Schechter
Portland State University

Johanna Schoen

Johanna Schoen
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Donna C. Schuele

Donna C. Schuele
California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Constance B. Schulz

Constance B. Schulz
University of South Carolina (Emeritus)

Leslie A. Schwalm

Leslie A. Schwalm
University of Iowa

Stephanie J. Shaw

Stephanie J. Shaw
Ohio State University

Christina Simmons

Christina Simmons
University of Windsor (Emeritus)

LaKisha Michelle Simmons

LaKisha Michelle Simmons
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Sheila L. Skemp

Sheila L. Skemp
University of Mississippi (Emeritus)

Thomas Dublin

Thomas Dublin
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Suzanne E. Smith

Suzanne E. Smith
George Mason University

Terri L. Snyder

Terri L. Snyder
California State University, Fullerton

Marjorie J. Spruill

Marjorie J. Spruill
University of South Carolina (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Carole Srole

Carole Srole
California State University, Los Angeles

Brenda E. Stevenson

Brenda E. Stevenson
University of California, Los Angeles

Landon R. Storrs

Landon R. Storrs
University of Iowa

Susan Strasser

Susan Strasser
University of Delaware (Emeritus)

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan
University of South Carolina

Lisa Tetrault

Lisa Tetrault
Carnegie Mellon University

Barbara L. Tischler

Barbara L. Tischler
Speyer Legacy School

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Harvard University

Lea VanderVelde

Lea VanderVelde
University of Iowa

Lara Vapnek

Lara Vapnek
St. John's University

Elizabeth R. Varon

Elizabeth R. Varon
University of Virginia
 Has Audio Presentation

Juliet E. K. Walker

Juliet E. K. Walker
University of Texas at Austin

Susan Ware

Susan Ware
American National Biography

Wendy Warren

Wendy Warren *
Princeton University

Judith Weisenfeld

Judith Weisenfeld
Princeton University

Barbara Y. Welke

Barbara Y. Welke
University of Minnesota

Carmen Teresa Whalen

Carmen Teresa Whalen
Williams College

Jeannie Whayne

Jeannie Whayne
University of Arkansas

Leigh Ann Wheeler

Leigh Ann Wheeler
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Deborah Gray White

Deborah Gray White
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Heather Andrea Williams

Heather Andrea Williams
University of Pennsylvania

Rhonda Y. Williams

Rhonda Y. Williams
Vanderbilt University
 Has Video Presentation

Shannen Dee Williams

Shannen Dee Williams
Villanova University

Francille Rusan Wilson

Francille Rusan Wilson
University of Southern California

Barbara Winslow

Barbara Winslow
Brooklyn College, City University of New York (Emeritus)

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
University of California, Irvine
 Has Video Presentation

Rosemarie Zagarri

Rosemarie Zagarri
George Mason University
 Has Video Presentation