OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Susan Ware

Portrait of Susan Ware
Image Credit: Tony Rinaldo

Susan Ware is currently the general editor of the American National Biography and the Honorary Women's Suffrage Centennial Historian at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. From 1997 to 2005 she served as the editor of volume five of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women at the Radcliffe Institute. Her research interests include twentieth-century American history and the history of American women, as well as biography. She is the author of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote (2019) and has published books on women in the New Deal and the 1930s; biographies of Molly Dewson, Amelia Earhart, Mary Margaret McBride, and Billie Jean King; and a women's history anthology.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Moving beyond the traditional suffrage story which focuses on a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born, and the national organizations they founded and led, historian Susan Ware profiles women (and a few men) who worked tirelessly in communities across the nation protesting, petitioning and insisting on their right to full citizenship.