Women’s History Lecture Series


Womens History

Join The Friends and Professor Jill Zahniser for a series of lectures on women’s history

Jill Zahniser is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Zahniser is the co-author of the book, Alice Paul: Claiming Power, and also authored the And Then She Said series of quotations by women. She sits on the steering committee planning the nationwide 2020 commemoration of women winning the vote. She resides on the West Side of Saint Paul.

2017 Fall Season

All events will be held at Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul.

Bloomers and Bicycles: Gliding Toward Women’s Emancipation
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.

Susan B. Anthony once declared that bicycles were doing “more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Find out how and why bicycles helped women throw away their corsets and pedal off to liberation!

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Amelia Earhart: Charting a Course Toward Fame, Feminism, and Fulfillment
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.

When former St. Paul resident Amelia Earhart accepted the challenge of becoming the first woman to fly the Atlantic, she also took on the burden and opportunities of her celebrity. Learn about Earhart’s forgotten feminist advocacy, the ups and downs of her stardom, and how she navigated the hazards of the skies and the earth below.

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Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Blazing the Trail to Legal Equality
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

As lawyers, Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg both broke new ground by successfully arguing landmark gender equality cases. The openly gay Murray reinvented herself several times, while Ginsburg married young and doggedly trod the path that would lead her to the Supreme Court and 21st century fame as “the notorious RBG.” Discover how these two contrasting personalities forged new and enduring directions for all American women.

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2015 Podcasts

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Myths about Harriet Tubman persist, but the realities of her life are even more fascinating. Learn what we know now about Tubman’s life and legacy and about her role in the Underground Railroad.

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Sarah Colvin, Clara Ueland and Minnesota Women’s Battle for the Ballot

Minnesota suffragists were a civilized contrast to the discord which marked the American suffrage movement. We will discuss how women like Colvin and Ueland found ways to work together to win the vote and contribute to the national suffrage victory.

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Sisterhood is (Again) Powerful:  The 1970s Emergence of the Women’s Liberation Movement  

Fifty years after women won the vote, feminism once again grabbed public attention in the 1970s.  A wide diversity of women began to advocate for equality under the law, in public and private life. Initially ridiculed, “women’s lib” ended up remaking America.

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Striving for Equality: Mexican Women in Minnesota History

Mexican women helped shape their expatriate communities in Minnesota from the mid-20th century onward. Discover the important ways they fought for respect and equal treatment in the Twin Cities and in outstate Minnesota.

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