Women in History Series 2018-01-22T16:31:43+00:00

Women in History

The Anne Frank You Never Knew
Sunday, March 4, 2:30 pm, Boardman Road Branch Library

Join Professor Oren Stier on a multimedia journey into some of the surprising ways the image and persona of Anne Frank have survived the Shoah, leading her to becoming one of the most notable icons of the Holocaust. Utilizing rare photographs and other materials, Stier will reveal the “young girl” and teenage diarist you never knew.

Heavenly Bodies: “Manned Space Flight” and the Women’s Movement
Saturday, March 10, 2:30 pm, Boardman Road Branch Library

When space shuttle astronaut Sally Ride landed after becoming the first American woman in space, NASA officials tried to present her with a bright red bouquet of roses at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. But Ride turned her back on the flowers, and went on to explain to the gathered reporters that she wanted to be treated no different from her male crewmates. “I’m just one of the guys,” she explained.

This talk by Neil Maher explores not only the history of Ride’s flight, but also the important role played by the feminist movement during the 1960s and 1970s in pressuring NASA to admit women to its previously all-male astronaut corps. Neil Maher’s presentation, which includes political cartoons and a TV interview with Sally Ride, will help participants better understand the unexplored role of the space race in the history of the modern women’s movement.

Neil is an Associate Professor in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology & Rutgers University. Neil has published numerous articles in academic journals and served as Historical Advisor for a PBS American Experience documentary on Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Women Voted in New York Before Columbus
Saturday, March 17, 2:30 pm, Boardman Road Branch Library

Imagine that women have the right to choose all political representatives, removing from office anyone who doesn’t make wise decisions for the future. Economically independent, they have the final say in matters of war and peace and the absolute right to their own bodies. This is not a dream. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had this authority, and more, since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores. Rape and wife beating were rare and dealt with harshly in this gender-balanced society. When women in New York State began to organize for their rights in 1848, they took their cue from the nearby Haudenosaunee communities. Amazingly, despite the assimilation policy of the United States, Haudenosaunee women still maintain much of this authority today.

Presenter Sally Roesch Wagner is a faculty member at Syracuse University and Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue. Sally was awarded one of the first doctorates in the country in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz). She also wrote the faculty guide for Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the Humanities New York Public Scholars program.