Jennifer Scanlon is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College. Her research interests include women's and feminist history, women's relationships to social movements, biography, and consumer culture. An award-winning teacher and scholar, she is the author of Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman (2016), Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (2009), and Inarticulate Longings: The Ladies' Home Journal, Gender, and the Promises of Consumer Culture (1995), and the editor of Significant Contemporary American Feminists (1999) and The Gender and Consumer Culture Reader (2000). She has also written many scholarly articles on women's and girls' cultural and consumer practices. Among other accolades, Bad Girls Go Everywhere was named a "Book of the Times" by the New York Times, "Book of the Week" by The Week, and Business Book of the Year by Marketplace.
Until There Is Justice tells the story of America’s black freedom struggles as seen through the life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman (1899-1990). Hedgeman was a remarkable—and remarkably understudied-- force for social justice for over fifty years. Through a commitment to faith-based activism, civil rights, and feminism, Hedgeman participated in and led some of the twentieth century's most important developments, spearheading advances in education, public health, politics, and workplace justice. A dignified woman and scrappy freedom fighter, Hedgeman upended conventions of the civil rights and feminist movements, and her efforts altered the civil rights landscape. Although she was frequently an outsider-- a woman among men, a black American among whites, and a secular Christian among clergy-- she was proud of her multiple and intersecting identities and cared deeply about the dignity and welfare of all people. This lecture explores key movements of the 20th century by placing Anna Arnold Hedgeman in a central, fitting role. TAGS: African American, civil rights, social movements, women