Women at the Center:  Rethinking the Place of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Early Republic.

Solicited by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) Endorsed by WASM

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Gender and Sexuality; Theory and Methodology; Women's History


This roundtable asks how new work on women, gender, and sexuality changes our understanding of the early republic, and how in turn the field of the early republic affects our narratives about women.  Long-enduring work on republican motherhood continues to shape the narrative, but more recent scholarship has asked new questions and used different methodologies.  It has also come to questions about women, gender, and sexuality through other fields, including race and slavery, Indigenous studies, economic history, legal history, and political history.  With this work, how might we craft new narratives about women and about the new republic?

Session Participants

Chair: Laura Edwards Princeton University, Princeton University

Panelist: Brandi Clay Brimmer, UNC Chapel Hill

Panelist: Lauren Duval, University of Oklahoma

Panelist: Elizabeth Ellis, Princeton University

Panelist: Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor, University of California, Davis

Proposal Submitter Only: Jessica Choppin Roney, Ohio University