Where Are the Women? Promoting Inclusion in Survey History Courses

Endorsed by the Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600–2000

Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Education; General/Survey; Women's History


One of the greatest inequalities in history education is the paucity of resources available for teaching the experiences and contributions of women in our collective past. Join representatives from the New-York Historical Society, the Missouri Historical Society, New York University, the Oregon Historical Society, and the New York City Department of Education for a roundtable discussion about what steps we can all take to address this inequality and promote a diversity of experiences and perspectives in history classrooms.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Allyson Schettino, New-York Historical Society
Allyson Schettino is the Associate Director of School Programs at the New-York Historical Society, where she oversees the research, development, and delivery of all history programs for students aged pre-K through college. Allyson is also one of the lead curriculum writers for Women and the American Story, a new national initiative that seeks to make women’s history resources available to educators. She has an MA in History and a BA in History and English from Fordham University.

Panelist: Eliza Canty-Jones, Oregon Historical Society
Eliza E. Canty-Jones is Editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and Director of Community Engagement at the Oregon Historical Society. She produces scholarship, public programs, and organizational partnerships that advance complex and multilingual perspectives on Oregon’s past. She holds an M.A. in Pacific Northwest and Public History from Portland State University and a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she was founding co-editor of SlackWater: Oral Folk History of Southern Maryland. Eliza was co-founder and served as President of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium, which created the statewide centennial project, Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912–2012.

Panelist: Tracy Garrison-Feinberg, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Tracy Garrison-Feinberg is a middle school humanities teacher with nearly thirty years of teaching experience. She began her education career in 1990 as a high school social studies teacher in Austin, Texas, where she taught 9th grade geography and 11th grade AP US History. She also taught US History at Austin Community College for two years. From 1995 to 2013, Tracy worked as an educational consultant at Facing History and Ourselves, an international nonprofit organization providing resources and curricular support to secondary school educators. Following that she was the director of school programs at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove, New York. She returned to classroom teaching in 2017, teaching 7th grade humanities (US history focus) at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (Clinton Hill Campus).

Tracy has a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in US History, both from The University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, senior program director of the New York office of Facing History and Ourselves, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, a student at the Beacon School in Manhattan.

Panelist: Susanah Shaw Romney, New York University
Susanah Shaw Romney, Assistant Professor, earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her book, New Netherland Connections, is the winner of the 2014 Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the 2013 Jamestown Prize, and the 2013 Hendricks Prize. She is now at work on a new project looking at gender, settlement, and land claims in the seventeenth-century Dutch empire in North America, Guyana, South Africa, and Java.

Panelist: Maria H. Russell, Missouri Historical Society
Maria is the K-12 Education Programs Manager with the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis. After several years as a public school teacher, she focused on education in informal learning institutions and building connections to communities and school systems. She has designed learning activities and curriculum for history museums and environmental centers in Missouri, Colorado and New Mexico.